DALLAS—May 17, 2011— Diego Hurtado, a third-year dental student at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, has been awarded the $9,000 Kerney Laday Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The son of Ernesto and Nancy Hurtado of Holman, N.M., he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico in 2005. He then completed two years of coursework at University of New Mexico School of Medicine before entering Baylor College of Dentistry in fall 2008.

Hurtado has accumulated multiple awards and leadership experiences during his dental school career, including the Dean’s Honor List and Odontological Honor Society and election as a class officer and Student Council member. He is a student consultant to the dental school admissions committee and a dental student mentor to predental applicants. He serves as the only student member of the BCD Alumni Association board of directors and as one of four students on the steering committee preparing for reaccreditation.

Hurtado conducted basic science research with a faculty member at the New Mexico medical school and has two scientific publications to his credit. He plans to enter an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program after earning his dental degree, ultimately returning to New Mexico to practice oral and maxillofacial surgery. He and his fiancé, Micela, will marry May 22.

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Founded in 1905, Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas is a college of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. TAMHSC-BCD is a nationally recognized center for oral health sciences education, research, specialized patient care and continuing dental education. The HSC serves the state as a distributed, statewide health science center that is present in communities throughout Texas.

— LaDawn Brock