Congratulations to the Winner of the 2020 Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship for 2020!

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We have awarded a new winner for the 2020 Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship and are announcing next year's scholarship. Read more to find out!

Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship, Steven Saleem Pervez! Dr. Arthur A. Kezian is proud to award Steven with the scholarship amount of $1,200 to put towards his studies. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving high school or university student every year.

Steven Pervez is a very deserving winner of the 2019-2020 scholarship award. Steven is currently pursuing his Master of Business and Science in Biotech Management and Operations at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont and he is expected to graduate in 2021. His previous education included a Bachelor of Science in Microbiologic and Immunologic Concepts from California Polytechnic University, Pomona which he received in 2019. His career goals are to join Gilead Sciences as a Global Directions Manager. He ultimately hopes to become supply chain/operations leader.

One thing that Dr. Kezian found amazing about Steven is that his passion for science and career choice was born out of overcoming a great difficulty in his life. Having conquered Large B Cell Diffused Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Steven has turned his difficult experience as a cancer survivor into a drive towards helping others just like him. At Gilead Sciences, he wants to focus on researching and treating Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

Steven said, “I have been convicted through my experience to make sure children don’t have to know cancer as part of their adolescence. Though my own battle is over, I struggle knowing this may just be another child’s beginning. I vow to do everything I can to stop this narrative.”

Now, with the Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship money, he is one step closer to his goals. Having the scholarship award money will allow Steven to focus on what is important to him, his studies and volunteering.
In response to his win, Steven said, “I am as humbled as I am grateful to be this year's recipient of the generous Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship. As a dentist, Dr. Kezian knows the value of individual achievement for the benefit of one's community. I do not take for granted that he extended a helping hand back to seek out a student with similar values. When it is my turn to do so, I pledge to follow suit.”

The Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship was created by Dr. Kezian, a Doctor of Dental Surgery who practices in Los Angeles. When Dr. Kezian was a student himself, he was awarded a scholarship which greatly improved his ability to study and become the dentist that he is today. He was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship which helps students of Armenian origin from developing countries attend University.

Knowing how much this scholarship would help, he vowed that when he was in a position to do so, he would give back to the community. He created the Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS Science Scholarship for students in the science field to help a deserving person achieve their educational goals. The Dr. Arthur A. Kezian Science Scholarship is awarded to a high school or college student who has demonstrated academic merit, community service, and financial need.

“I have been a student majoring in science myself and know how competitive the field is. By presenting students with a scholarship opportunity, I can help them understand the importance of individual accomplishment when it comes to reaching their objectives, assist them financially, and teach them about the significance of higher education.”

Dr. Kezian thanks those who applied for this scholarship and wishes them success in their future goals. He encourages students to continue to follow their dreams and to apply again for next year’s scholarship.

If you think that you are a good candidate for this scholarship, or know someone who is, consider applying for the 2020-2021 year. Information regarding requirements, application, frequently asked questions and more can be found here: The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on May 31, 2021.

Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS
443 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 467-2777

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