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Applications for four ADA Foundation grants near deadline

September 19, 2016

By David Burger


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The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for four programs that provide funding to dental students as well as dental schools for student-driven efforts whose goal is to improve the oral health of the public.

The four programs are:
  • The 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 dental students defray some of their academic expenses. The ADA Foundation annually awards about 54 scholarships valued at $2,500 each, totaling about $135,000. The application deadline is Nov. 11.
  • 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. In 2013-15, the ADA Foundation awarded five additional Tarrson Awards due to a donation from ADA Business Resources. The application deadline is Nov. 11.
  • 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. 11.
  • The Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award. The Foundation presents the award in odd-numbered years in collaboration with the Academy of Operative Dentistry. The award provides $6,000 to support the proposed research and up to $1,000 to defray the cost of the winner’s attendance at the Academy of Operative Dentistry’s scientific session to present a table clinic based on the proposed research. The application deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information and the applications, visit ADAFoundation.org and click on the “How to Apply” link.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the ADA Foundation, visit ADAFoundation.org or call 1-312-440-2547.