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 Beaverton native, Case Western graduate receives top honor from Delta Dental Foundation

Dublin, Ohio — The Delta Dental Foundation recently honored Catherine Bom Kim, DDS of Beaverton, Oregon with its prestigious Student Leadership Award for $2,500.
Kim is a 2016 dental school graduate of Case Western Reserve University and was selected for the award because of her outstanding academic performance. Kim was first in her class clinically and was recognized for her ability to excel and lead.
“Catherine Kim understands the responsibilities of leadership and willingly assumes those obligations. Her willingness to lead and her unquestioned integrity has earned her the trust and respect of the faculty and her fellow students,” said her nominator, Philip C. Aftoora, Director of Student Services at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine.
Kim entered dental school after completing a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology at The University of Washington and also completed a master’s degree in oral biology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

While in dental school she served as president of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) chapter. Under her leadership, the Case ASDA chapter received national recognition and Kim was awarded with the ASDA Gold Crown Award. Kim was also on numerous dental school committees and involved in community service projects in Cleveland. She also received the Dean's Clinical Scholarship Award for exceptional clinical achievements.
Since 2001, the Delta Dental Foundation has granted an annual Student Leadership Award to at least one senior dental student from Case Western Reserve University, the Ohio State University, Indiana University, the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy.
About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit