Third-year dental student Rob Cline received the Dr. M.E. Faulkner Memorial Scholarship in August for his outstanding academic performance last year.
The award gave Cline quite a shock – or, at least, its presentation did. Cline learned he won the scholarship when Dr. Jack Long, associate dean for student affairs, pulled him from class just as he was setting up his first bridge.
“I was already nervous about my bridge that day, and then Dr. Long comes to get me,” Cline says. “On top of that, he tells me I’m needed in the dean’s office, so you can imagine how nervous I was then.”
Cline and Long arrived at the dean’s office to find Dr. James S. Cole waiting with a group from the Oak Cliff Dental Study Club, ready to present Cline his $500 scholarship. Presented by the club for many years, the scholarship is earmarked for the D2 student at HSC-BCD who leads his or her class at the conclusion of its second year. Club members said they chose to highlight D2 students intentionally.
“We decided to award a D2 because that’s a year when students don’t always feel a lot of recognition,” says Dr. Jon Williamson, treasurer for the club. “D1 students are thrilled to complete their first year; of course D4 students are graduating. We wanted to recognize students in the midst of their academic career.”
The Oak Cliff Dental Study Club is the longest-running group of its type in the DFW area. Club members making the presentation to Cline included Williamson, Dr. Karla Bishop, Dr. Erick Menegazzo, club president, and Dr. Rocky Faulkner, whose father is the scholarship’s namesake. Dr. M.E. Faulkner was one of the club’s founding members.
Cline’s surprise at receiving the award quickly turned to gratitude.
“I’m married with three kids, so I greatly appreciated the Faulkner scholarship,” he says. “It’s already been put to use.”