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Dr. David Whiston awards celebrate young leaders

April 22, 2016

By David Burger

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The ADA Foundation is now accepting nominations for two awards that recognize leadership potential in young dentists and dental students.  

The ADAF Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award and the Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award are designated for dental students and early-career dentists who have demonstrated strong leadership skills to improve the oral health of the public.

The Foundation created the awards in 2014 to honor Dr. Whiston, who served as ADA president from 1997-98, trustee from 1992-96 and president of the Foundation’s board of directors from 2010-14.

“This type of support really can make a difference,” Dr. Whiston told the ADA News. He was “surprised and honored” when the Foundation announced that the awards were named after him, but was glad to see the Foundation taking this step.

Dr. Whiston said that one of the most impressive developments he has seen in his time as an ADA and Foundation leader was the growing commitment of young dentists and dental students to being leaders in their communities, whether it be through advocacy, volunteerism, or other types of community service. For example, he noted that many young dentists and dental students have been involved in organizing Give Kids A Smile efforts across the country. “It’s really a terrific display of commitment to serving others, a sign of professionalism,” he said.

The Foundation and Henry Schein Cares will provide $5,000 each to two winners each year to help cover the costs associated with attending an American Management Association leadership training program.

Nominations are due June 3 and must be submitted through the online nomination form at

Individuals must be nominated by others in order to be considered for this award, and the nominee must be either a dental student, graduate student or resident enrolled in an accredited dental school education program, or an early-career dentist under the age of 40 or in his or her first five years of professional work following residency.

To nominate a candidate or to learn the minimum qualifications, visit and click on the “How to Apply” link at the top of the page. Then select “Education” in the pop-up menu, which will lead to a link for further guidelines and the nomination form.

For any questions, contact Tracey Schilligo, grants manager, at or 1-312-440-2763.