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How To Apply

How do I apply for an ADA Foundation grant or award?

The ADA Foundation only accepts applications for the below programs. Please see the information below for eligibility requirements.

Charitable Assistance Grant Program

Special Note Regarding COVID-19: The ADA Foundation’s Charitable Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for basic human needs for the most vulnerable dentists and their families-(spouse and children under the age of 18). The grants from the Fund are needs based and the purpose is to support the most needy and dire cases who are unable to support themselves because of injury, a personal medical condition, disability, and advanced age. We know that dentists have been impacted by COVID-19; however, the Fund is not a disaster fund or emergency fund and the program does not provide grants to cover business expenses and business losses. The ADA can help you recover from the Covid-19 in many other ways. To that end, the ADA provides a myriad of resources found here.

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to dentists and their dependents who, because of accidental injury, a medical condition, disability, or advanced age, are unable to meet basic living expenses.

Application Period: The application period is open.

Eligibility Requirements: Dentists, their dependents, and former dependents of deceased dentists are eligible to apply for financial aid from the ADA Foundation if an accidental injury, advanced age, physically debilitating illness, or medically-related condition prevents them from gainful employment and results in an inability to be wholly self-sustaining. See Rules and Guidelines for complete information.

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants: Varies

Dental Student Scholarship Program

To Apply: Apply online. You will be taken to a third party website to complete the application.

Purpose: The ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Program is designed to recognize dental students who are strong academically and who demonstrate outstanding promise in leadership, public service/volunteerism, and/or research. The scholarships are available to all eligible dental students (must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) enrolled in accredited U.S. dental schools.

Application Period: The application period opens March 1, 2020. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central Time on April 3, 2020.      

Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for consideration for these scholarships, an applicant must:
Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; 
At the time of application, be enrolled full time in the second or third year of study in a U.S. CODA-accredited dental school;
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4 based on a 4.0 scale (Pass (P) or Satisfactory (S) academics are equivalent); and 
Demonstrate financial need.

Dollar Amount: The ADA Foundation will award scholarships of at least $11,000.

Please see rules, criteria and/or guidelines for each particular grant for complete information. Questions? Contact Tracey Schilligo, Manager, Professional Programs at 312.440.2763.