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ADA Foundation available to help visitors with grant applications

October 20, 2017

ADA Foundation staff in Booth 1919 will answer questions about six programs with open application periods that provide funding to dental students, Give Kids A Smile programs, dental schools and disaster victims.

The six programs are:

  • The Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Program is changing to be more impactful in the area of dental student debt. The ADA Foundation will award up to seven scholarships of $20,000 each for eligible second-year dental students. The ADAF will post scholarship guidelines and criteria and begin accepting applications by the end of 2017.
  • The E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award recognizes exemplary volunteer community service projects within the U.S. that are organized and/or conducted by a group of dental students enrolled in an accredited predoctoral dental education program. One grant of $5,000 is made annually to a dental school in honor of the selected student outreach program; however the number of awards may be increased depending on available funding. The application deadline is Nov. 10.
  • The Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award recognizes exemplary volunteer community service projects that take place outside of the U.S. and that are organized and/or conducted by a group of dental students enrolled in an accredited predoctoral dental education program. One grant of $5,000 is made annually to a dental school in honor of the selected student outreach program. The application deadline is Nov. 10.
  • The ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates will provide up to $10,000 in award funding for a dual degree — D.D.S./Ph.D. or D.M.D./Ph.D. — candidate. The funding may be used for expenses related to developing the approved research project; attending one or more scientific conferences to further his or her knowledge or skills; and/or presenting his or her findings at a scientific conference. A portion of the funding will also be used to support the award recipient's required attendance at the American Association for Dental Research Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application in March 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The application deadline is Nov. 3
  • The GKAS Continuity of Care Grant offers financial assistance to Give Kids A Smile programs providing continuity of dental care to the children served after the initial event. The ADA Foundation awarded nearly $56,000 in 2016. To qualify, organizations must be a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit; their community services must target children from underserved families who did not have their treatment needs completed during the initial Give Kids A Smile event; and GKAS programs must sign up to participate in GKAS 2018 through the ADA Foundation's GKAS enrollment system beginning Oct. 1 at ADAFoundation.org/GKAS. The application deadline is Oct. 31.
  • The Emergency Disaster Grant Program can provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster. The program covers emergency personal needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter, up to $2,000. The ADA Foundation not only awards grants to disaster victims, it accepts donations for the fund, particularly in light of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Donations can be made online through the ADA Foundation's "How to Help" page at ADAFoundation.org.

For more information and the applications, visit ADAFoundation.org.