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Dental Student Resources

Scholarships, Awards, and Grants for Dental Students

The ADA Foundation offers a variety of scholarships and awards just for dental students. This page offers a brief summary of each program. Click on the "Application and Guidelines" link under each heading for complete information. Contact Tracey Schilligo at 312.440.2763 if you have questions. 
 


Dr. Ray Bowen Award

Application deadline: December 1, 2016
Bowen Award program description

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.


Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarships and Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships

Application deadline: November 11, 2016
Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarships program description

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 ADAF annually awards approximately 54 scholarships of up to $2,500 each, totaling up to about $135,000 in scholarship funding. 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. The ADAF accepts one application per school for the Dental Student Scholarships and up to five applications per school for the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships.


E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award

Application deadline: November 11, 2016
Tarrson Award program description

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. One grant of $5,000 is made annually to a dental school in honor of the selected student outreach program.  (In 2014, due to generous gifts from ADA Business Resources (ADABEI) and an anonymous donor, the ADAF awarded seven Tarrson Awards.) 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.


Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award

Application deadline: November 11, 2016
Zwemer Award program description

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 accredited dental school.


Summer Scholars Fellowship Program

Summer Scholars Fellowship Program description 

The ADAF Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center annually appoints one or two young investigators to its Summer Scholars Program, allowing them to apply classroom and lab experience to real-world scenarios. Currently supported by the ADAF and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the program has given many talented students (undergraduate and dental school) the chance to participate in basic research as well as gain hands-on experience in the clinical theater, working side-by-side with their mentors while becoming part of the research process.


Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research

Application period opens: Spring 2017
Colgate DSCR program description

The ADA Foundation’s annual Colgate Dental Students’ Conference on Research brings students from dental schools in the U.S. and Canada to the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC) in Gaithersburg, MD each spring, in order to raise awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research. Each accredited dental school in the U.S. and Canada may nominate a student attendee. The school is asked to pay $500 offset part of that student’s costs and the ADAF funds the rest of the trip including the conference, travel, housing, and meals.


Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health Grant Program

Application period opens: February 24, 2017
Harris Grant program description

The ADAF Harris Grant Program is not geared specifically to dental students, but dental students may have some involvement in organizations that could be eligible for a Harris Grant. Grants of up to $5,000 each are offered to non-profit organizations and agencies that sponsor education programs for new parents and caregivers to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries. Dental students who volunteer for such an organization may be interested in passing this information along, or helping to apply for a grant. In 2015, the ADA Foundation awarded almost $124,000 in grants to 25 deserving organizations.