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Classmates fund scholarship

Updated: January 28, 2012, 07:53

NEW YORK, NY, USA: To honor a professor who profoundly influenced their lives, four graduates from the New Jersey Dental School class of 1989 have established an endowed scholarship in his name. “We have all been influenced by people as we travel through life. Sometimes one special person makes all the difference,” said Dr. George Bambara, 1989 class president.

“Dr. William Cinotti was the one special person who made that difference for each of us,” Bambara said.

The graduates, Bambara, Dr. Michael Donato, Dr. Phil Echo and Dr. William Ranucci, were the four class of 1989 officers. Twenty years after graduation, reflections of their experience with Cinotti spurred their generous pledge of $25,000 to establish the William R. Cinotti Endowed Scholarship.

“Through Dr. Cinotti I learned life lessons while becoming a dentist,” said Donato, class secretary.” He taught me to give back to the community, to look out for my colleagues by helping them and to reach my goals through hard work.”

The scholarship is awarded to a dental student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey who demonstrates leadership, outstanding character and exemplary academic performance. The scholarship just awarded money to its first recipient, David Moghadam.

“We selected our criteria based on what we learned from Dr. Cinotti,” said Echo, class vice president. “It is because I hold Dr. Cinotti in such high regard that I decided to help establish this scholarship in his name.”

Ranucci, class treasurer, agreed. “Not only was Dr. Cinotti my Little League baseball coach, but as I grew up he turned out to be a major guiding force in my life,” he said. “We all thank him for making such a wonderful difference for us.”

(Source: New Jersey Dental School)

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