Dental students at USC get a deal

LOS ANGELES, Cailf. "Having the ability to walk away and say after four years to be done with everything and actually be making money at that time too is a huge advantage," said Kenneth Hussey, USC dental student.

Kenneth Hussey is one of ten USC dental students taking part in the Army's Health Professionals Scholarship Program.

While in school it pays all fees including: tuition, books, equipment and a $2,000 monthly stipend. After graduating, students are guaranteed immediate work at an Army base providing dental care to soldiers and their families.

"They don't have to worry about overhead cost, malpractice insurance, you know staffing," said Staff Sgt. Hyun Kim, Army recruiter.

"With the armed forces coming into a program like this, offering that subsidy, not only financial but then an opportunity to further education, further their ability, their clinical experience and become more proficient, that is ideal," said Dr. Sigmund Abelson, dean of the USC School of Dentistry.

Students say it's an invaluable career jumpstart in the midst of a tough economy.

"It gave us a way that we didn't have to pay any tuition, got a monthly stipend, and we've got a job now coming right out of school which, considering the economy, is a great benefit," said Jarom Burbank, USC dental student.

Jarom Burbank is headed to Germany after graduation. Elizabeth Congiu will head to Fort Bragg and says she was inspired to join the program.

"We were in Manhattan on 9-11 and I am so excited to treat the people that are taking care of our country. I really am," said Congiu.

With job security, zero debt, and a bright future helping others these dentists have plenty to smile about.

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