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.