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Open Scholarships & Loan Repayment Programs
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American Dental Hygienist Association accepting scholarship applications Oct 1
Looking for an opportunity that will provide financial assistance to further your academic achievement, professional excellence and a desire to improve the public’s overall health?
ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who demonstrate a commitment to advance the discipline of dental hygiene. The call for scholarship applications begins October 1 of each year. Apply today for your chance to receive funding to extend your dental hygiene education. Deadline is February 1, 2015.
Applicants can only choose one scholarship to be considered for and should refer below to the scholarship listing for full eligibility details.
National Hispanic Health Foundation now accepting scholarship applications
The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, will award 24 scholarships to graduate dental, medical, health policy, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry, and public health school students and BA and above nursing students. Eleven scholars will receive a 2 year scholarship for $5,000 per year (medical students must be interested in primary care). Thirteen scholars will receive a 1 year scholarship for $2,000. The scholarships will be presented to awardees at the National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas in Los Angeles, CA on November 20, 2014 and New York City, NY on December 4, 2014.
Click here for the letter with detailed information about the scholarships and here for the scholarship application. Deadline to apply is October 3, 2014.
Please call (202) 628-5895 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.
National Hispanic Medical Association
1920 L St. NW, Suite 725
Washington, DC 20036
2014 DTA Foundation Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications!
Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Recognizing a Commitment to Community Service
The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation created a restricted fund with the DTA Foundation to support its efforts to improve dental education in the United States. The donation was made to honor the late Robert Sullivan and his love for the dental industry coupled with his strong connection to dental education. Two $5,000 scholarships were given out in 2012.
Thanks to additional contributions from the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, the DTA Foundation was able to provide a total of four $5,000 scholarships in 2013.
Due to a renewed commitment from the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation in 2013, a total of nine $5,000 scholarships will be given out in 2014.
The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize dental students who have an established commitment to community service by providing $5,000 in financial support to a third or fourth year dental student who has demonstrated:
- Academic excellence in dentistry;
- Financial need; and
- A commitment to community service.
Use the links below to learn more about the scholarship opportunity or to download the application: Deadline September 3, 2014.
Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs: Dental and Dental Hygiene Students
ADEA's 2014 DDS & DH Loan Forgiveness Programs List
Here is the most current (Aug 2014) summary of loan forgiveness programs for dentists and dental hygienists in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This summary was developed by the ADEA Advocacy and Governmental Relations Portfolio.
Air Force Scholarship Opportunity
The Air Force is offering 3 and 4 year dental scholarships to U of M students who are accepted or enrolled in the DDS program. They also offer a Financial Assistance Program (FAP) for residents.
The scholarship covers all books, fees, tuition, and equipment. The student would also receive a monthly stipend of a little over $2100.
Please view the linked PDF for full details.
ARMY Health Professions Scholarship Program
The US Army offers one of the most generous and comprehensive Health Professions Scholarship Programs available.
For eligible participants in the DDS program, the scholarship covers full tuition, health coverage, books and most fees plus it offers a monthly stipend of $2150+ (for 10.5 months each year).
Public Health Scholarships Resources
Public Health Online, a non-commercial organization, is chartered with providing community resources for public health and healthcare careers and education.
Their team recently produced a no-cost, non-commercial, scholarship and financial aid guide for students seeking out degrees in Public Health and other Healthcare specialties. It can be difficult for students to locate specific consolidated resources for scholarships and financial aid that are specific to their major/concentration. Their guide provides unique value by helping students identify health related scholarship opportunities across several health categories by a variety of sources in one easy to use page.
They are working diligently on their mission to get free public resources into the hands of future and current students.
Click on these links for access to their resource guide:
-Scholarship guide: http://www.publichealthonline.org/scholarships-and-grants/
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholarship
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the SMSC. The scholarship is utilized to recruit and retain talented American Indian students who are enrolled or are eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or are identified as American Indian by the Indian Education Act.
The SMSC created the scholarship to support incoming University of Minnesota freshmen and transfer students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines.
Scholarships are issued on the basis of need and the availability of funds. The amount of each scholarship will vary dependent on an individual’s demonstrated need and other awards received by the scholarship applicant.
Scholarship amounts will be divided evenly over the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until graduation (whichever comes first) for undergraduates. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon the degree program and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
To maintain funding, undergraduate SMSC Scholars must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Graduate and professional SMSC Scholars must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for renewal. In addition, merit awards of $500 are given each fall to undergraduate scholars who maintain a 3.0 or above grade point average.
For more information about the SMSC scholarship program, please contact Ralph Blanco, Office for Equity and Diversity, at email@example.com.
ADEA DDS 2014 Graduates Financial Primers
ADEA is pleased to once again offer a series of educational debt management materials to help DDS graduates in the Class of 2014 with regard to responsible loan repayment.
ADEA DH 2014 Graduates Financial Primers
ADEA is please to share a series of educational debt management materials to assist 2014 dental hygiene graduates.
ADA Dental Student Loan Repayment Programs
ADA student loan repayment programs and resources are available to newly practicing Dentists. The ADA has compiled these resources as a starting point for dental students and new dentists. View list.
ADEA's financial planning videos!
As the new school year gets under way, we know that a critical part of all new students’ introduction to dental school includes managing their budgets, loans, and financial livelihood.
ADEA has developed a set of videos to assist you in guiding your new students through financial planning. Paul Garrard, consultant and financial aid expert who works with ADEA, has recorded this presentation for the class of 2016. The presentation is broken into six parts for you to utilize as needed; the direct links are listed below and have also been included in the DenTube channel on www.GoDental.org.
Introduction: Key messages and important items to consider as you view the presentation.
Part 1: Detailed look at actual out-of-pocket costs for dental school and the real cost of borrowing.
Part 2: Important information about what you will be borrowing, terms and conditions, repayment examples, and why dental school graduates are well known for responsible repayment.
Part 3: Changes to loan programs and things to keep on your radar screen during dental school that may impact your repayment strategy.
Part 4: Relationship between student loans and credit, and how they can help you build a positive credit history.
Part 5: Some common sense ways to keep on top of your borrowing during dental school and resources to help.
- Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship (DDS only)
- Indian Health Services
MN Army National Guard DENTAL Corps
- Benefits for students in a DDS or DMD program
- Money as a Dental Student Officer
- Benefits as a licensed dentist
Please see flyer for more information or contact CPT Jed Gadient at 651-281-3817
MN Dept of Health Loan Forgiveness
Guidelines for the Minnesota Dentist Loan Forgiveness Program
The purpose of Minnesota’s Loan Forgiveness program is to recruit and retain health care professionals to needed areas and facilities in Minnesota. Loan forgiveness is an important benefit for health care professionals as well as health care facilities and communities experiencing a shortage of access to primary health care services.
Program Administration and Funding
The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC), Minnesota Department of Health administers this program. It is funded by the State of Minnesota. Program eligibility requirements and benefits are established by state statute, 144.1501 authorizing the health professional education loan forgiveness program.
To be eligible, a prospective participant must submit an application to the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC), during the application cycle of September 1 - January 2, while completing their final year of dental school or residency training. The application scoring and selection of participants will occur in February-March. All applicants will be notified in April if they have or have not been selected.
Although licensed dentists who are seeing 25 percent public program patients are eligible to apply, students and residents in their final year of training receive highest preference. Due to the high number of final year student applications and the constraints of limited funding, we do not encourage licensed dentists to apply.
NHSC fact sheets and resources
New Workforce Resources on NHSC Programs and Health Center Careers
Developed with assistance from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), this fact sheet outlines the NHSC Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs, and addresses the most frequently asked questions from dental students, dentists and dental hygienists. This fact sheet is meant to spark interest in the programs and guide individuals on where to find more information.
The NHSC Scholarship Program removes the burden of overwhelming educational debt, allowing health professions students to pursue their passion for primary care and serving the underserved.
For each year of financial support (up to four years) a Scholarship recipient serves one year (minimum two years) in an NHSC-approved site in high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the nation.
Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend (taxable).
All students applying to the program must be a U.S. citizen or national and enrolled or accepted in an eligible degree program at a U.S. accredited school in Medicine: MD or DO; Dentistry: DMD or DDS; Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Family, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, or Women’s health); Certified Nurse-Midwife; and Physician Assistant.
As in previous years, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program will be competitive. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, the NHSC will continue to prioritize applicants who are from a disadvantaged background and applicants who demonstrate a commitment to continuing to serve communities of need after their service to the NHSC is complete.
To help students become more familiar with the diverse and rewarding opportunities a Health Center career has to offer, this list of FAQs describes the characteristics of a Health Center, types of dental procedures performed, reflections from NNOHA members, and more!
To access both resources, please visit the Publications tab (Reports and Fact Sheets section) of our website.
- In addition, we have a Job Bank for dental safety-net vacancies across the country! Graduating students may find our Job Bank helpful during their job search.
For any questions regarding these fact sheets or other NNOHA publications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Dakota Loan Repayment Programs (DDS only)
Receive up to $80,000 to repay educational loans by practicing for four years in a selected community or communities through the North Dakota Loan Repayment Program.
For State funded opportunities see the latest 2013 brochure!
Mary Amundson, MA, Assistant Professor
Primary Care Office & Interprofessional Education
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Department of Family & Community Medicine
501 North Columbia Road - Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Phone 701.777.4018; Fax 701.777.3849
South Dakota State Loan Repayment Program
The South Dakota State Loan Repayment Program provides for the repayment of qualifying educational loans for health professionals. In return, the health professional commits to fulfill a service obligation in an eligible practice site within a federally designated health professional shortage area (HPSA) for a minimum of two years.
U.S. Army Civilian Dental Corps
Benefit packages in the civilian corps may include tuition reimbursement.
"Residency and Relocation" loan for 4th year students
The Residency and Relocation Loan can cover the costs incurred during your final year of dental school, e.g., residency interviews, relocation, or board examination expenses.
PLEASE NOTE: These are not educational loans these are “private loans”, between the student and the lender; these loans are NOT certified by the University.