The ADA Foundation: Dental student funding update

The cost of dental education has never been higher. The ADA Foundation — the 501c3 charitable arm of the American Dental Association — is proud to offer scholarships to students pursuing dentistry, in addition to funding for dental student-run programs. The application period is now open for the following ADA Foundation funding opportunities:

  • ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Program: The ADA Foundation will offer scholarships up to $20,000 each. This program recognizes dental students who are academically strong and demonstrate outstanding promise in leadership, public service/volunteerism and/or research. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens; at the time of application, be enrolled full-time in the second year of study in a U.S. CODA-accredited dental school; have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4 based on a 4.0 scale (Pass (P) or Satisfactory (S) academics are equivalent); and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is Nov. 9, 2018.
  • “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Awards: The ADA Foundation Tarrson Award annually highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the United States. At least one award of up to $5,000 will be made to a dental school/college in honor of the outreach program. Application deadline is Nov. 9, 2018.
  • We know you’ll remember to sign up your Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program before Nov. 9 to be eligible for donated dental products, but did you know that the ADA Foundation also provides Give Kids A Smile® Continuity of Care Grants? These grants assist GKAS programs that offer continuity of dental care to underserved children after their initial GKAS visit. The ADA Foundation will award up to $50,000 in GKAS Continuity of Care grants in 2018. Application deadline is Nov. 5, 2018.

The ADA Foundation annually provides more than $2 million in grants, scholarships, awards and facilitated in-kind product donations to programs that are in alignment with the organization’s efforts to advance oral health, expand access to dental care and drive game-changing research. As part of these efforts, the ADA Foundation oversees the Give Kids A Smile® program and the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland (formerly the Paffenbarger Research Center).

For more information about the ADA Foundation, visit ADAFoundation.org or contact us at adaf@ada.org.

~ADA Foundation

This content is sponsored and does not necessarily reflect the views of ASDA.

American Dental Association

The American Dental Association (ADA) powers the profession of dentistry to advance the overall oral health of the public. Our vision is to empower the dental profession to achieve optimal health for all. Members of ASDA are also student members of the ADA. Learn more at ADA.org/student.

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