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Nov. 14, Dec. 5 deadlines set for ADA Foundation student programs

September 15, 2014

By Jean Williams

foundation logoFour ADA Foundation student programs, including academic scholarships and clinical research projects, have deadlines approaching in the fall.

The ADAF supports access to care, education, and research — three of its four mission-centric pillars — as reflected in the ADAF acronym C.A.R.E: Charitable Assistance, Access to Care, Research, Education.

To that end, the Foundation is accepting applications (available at adafoundation.org) for these dental student programs:

  • Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarships and Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships (application deadline: Nov. 14).
The ADAF's Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Program, including the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships, the Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships and the Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships, helps predoctoral dental students defray some of their academic expenses. The Foundation awards about 54 scholarships of up to $2,500 each, totaling up to about $135,000 annually.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time in the second year of study at an accredited dental school while maintaining a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications must be sent to the ADA Foundation by the dental school on the student's behalf. The ADA Foundation accepts one application per school for the general predoctoral dental student program and, new for 2014, up to five applications per school for the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships program.

  • E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award (application deadline: Nov. 14).
The ADAF Tarrson Award recognizes exemplary volunteer community service projects that are organized and/or conducted by a group of dental students enrolled in an accredited predoctoral dental education program.  

The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each accredited dental school with a predoctoral dental student group involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities within the U.S.

ADA Business Enterprises Inc. generously contributed $25,000 in 2013, enabling the Foundation to award six Tarrson Awards. The recipients were: Harvard University School of Dental Medicine for its ACTION program; Indiana University School of Dentistry for its Student Outreach Clinic; University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry for its UCLA ASDA Los Angeles Community Clinics; University of Michigan School of Dentistry for its Wolverine Patriot Project; University of Mississippi Medical Center-School of Dentistry for its Jackson Free Clinic; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine for the Huntridge Clinics.

  • Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award (application deadline: Nov. 14).
The Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award recognizes and encourages student programs that provide services to underserved populations outside of the U.S. One grant of $5,000 is made annually to a dental school in honor of the selected student outreach program.
Dental student groups at accredited dental schools who are involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities outside of the U.S. are eligible to apply. The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each dental school.

The 2013 Zwemer Award went to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry for its UNC Malawi Dental Project.

  • Dr. Ray Bowen Fellowship (application deadline: Dec. 5).
The ADA Foundation, in collaboration with the Academy of Operative Dentistry, offers the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award in odd-numbered years. Formerly known as the Paffenbarger Award, the Dr. Ray Bowen Award is open to dental students at all levels who wish to undertake novel research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry.

The award is valued at $6,000, with additional support up to $1,000 provided for the student's presentation of their research at an AOD conference.