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College of the Mainland
News Release
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Space Center Orthodontics donates for scholarships

Space Center Orthodontics has donated $400 for College of the Mainland student scholarships as part of the company’s Partners in Education Initiative.

Over $250,000 has been donated to local schools since orthodontist Dr. Vijay Bhagia launched the Partners in Education Initiative in 2012.

“We donate $100 to the school of the patient’s choice. We try to keep it to local schools,” said Christine Williams, Space Center Orthodontics professional relations and marketing coordinator.  "In an effort to address the current school budget cuts in the area, Space Center Orthodontics has launched a Partners in Education Program to become part of the solution."

In the past quarter, four patients selected COM as the school of choice.

“Dr. Bhagia is passionate about education. This donation will support COM Foundation’s mission to provide scholarships for full and part-time COM students,” said Mary Ann Amelang, director of COM Foundation.

Since 1967 College of the Mainland Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of students. The fundraising arm of the college, the foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts from our alumni, friends, employees, corporations and foundations support and maintain the highest quality of education for COM students through scholarships, vital student programs and instructional innovations across campus.

For more information on COM Foundation, visit or call 409-933-8508.

Celebrating 50 years of student success, College of the Mainland offers a variety of fully accredited associate degrees and certifications. The college prepares students to meet their goals, whether transferring to a university or entering the workforce. An Achieving the Dream Leader College, COM has an excellent professor-to-student ratio that allows instructors to connect with each class. We’re the launchpad for success stories throughout the Mainland. For more, visit

PHOTO CUTLINE: Dr. Vijay Bhagia, of Space Center Orthodontics, presents Mary Ann Amelang, director of College of the Mainland Foundation, with a check as part of his Partners in Education Initiative. 

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