July 14, 2023

James P. Scialabba Scholarship Fund

Jim Scialabba (1945 – 2020) was known for his optimism, kindness, sense of humor, and love for his family. In 1972, Jim earned his DMD from Tufts University Dental School of Medicine. After his residency at Washington Hospital Center, he and his wife, Karen, returned to Connecticut to settle in Guilford.

Working six days a week while beginning a family, Jim opened his oral surgery office in Guilford. He laid the groundwork for Hamden-Shoreline Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, a thriving practice serving thousands of patients over four decades.

He was an exemplary surgeon and business owner, treating his patients and employees with graciousness and attention. For his entire career, he finished every working day the same way: by taking time out of his evening to call each patient, he had seen to ask how they were doing.

To honor Jim’s legacy, Karen established an endowment fund in 2022 to provide an award for one or more Guilford High School student(s) who are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, or nursing and who have demonstrated excellent character and academic achievement.

The award is intended to support the attendance of a four-year liberal arts or sciences university or participation in activities that prepare students for a potential career in medicine, such as summer pre-med programs for high school students.

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