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  • Michael J. Till Scholarship now accepting applications

    This annual scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Michael J. Till whose foresight, hard work and perseverance made the dental clinic at Hibbing Community College a reality. The intent of this scholarship is directed towards persuading dental graduates to establish their practice in northern Minnesota thereby improving access to dental care for northern Minnesota residents.
    Selection criteria for this $1500.00 scholarship include: acceptance or enrollment in an accredited dental school and intentions to practice dentistry in Northern Minnesota. Special consideration will be given to past and present Iron Range natives.
    All applications are valid for two years except for graduating students.  Click here for application and further information.

    Application Deadline: December 1st.

  • SPDDS Monson Scholarship now accepting applications

    Click here to apply for the Saint Paul District Dental Society Monson Scholarship (2 pages) for Junior and Senior Dental Students.

    The deadline to apply is October 31, 2014.

  • Four ADA Foundation scholarships and awards programs that benefit dental students

    DDS students: Check out the four ADA Foundation scholarships and awards programs that benefit dental students.

    Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarships and Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships

    Application deadline: Nov. 14

    ADAF Dental Student Scholarship Application and Guidelines:

    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 Foundation awards about 54 scholarships of up to $2,500 each, totaling up to about $135,000 annually. 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.

    New for 2014: The minimum GPA is now 3.25/4.0 (previously 3.5/4.0). Also, the ADAF encourages up to five applications per school for the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships (still one application per school for the general scholarships).

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

    Application deadline: Nov. 14

    ADAF Tarrson Award Application and Guidelines

    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. 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.

    New for 2014: Programs that have won a Tarrson Award in the last three calendar years were previously prohibited from applying, but now may re-apply. A dental school’s prior Tarrson Awards may be a factor considered by the Committee in selecting awardees.

    Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award

    Application deadline: Nov. 14

    ADAF Zwemer Award Application and Guidelines

    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 dental school.

    Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award

    Application deadline: Dec. 5

    Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award Application and Guidelines

    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.

    We hope to see applications from each accredited dental school for these prestigious scholarships and awards. Thanks for your participation.

    Cathy Haibach
    Senior Manager, Grants
    ADA Foundation

  • 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.

    Available Scholarships

  • 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 with further questions.

    Gee Mavimbela
    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.

    DTA Foundation Scholarship Program
    2014 DTA Foundation Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
    2014 DTA Foundation Scholarship Application

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).

    Please click here for full details and how to apply.

  • 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:

  • 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.

    Scholarship Awards

    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

  • 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.

    DDS Graduate Consolidation Primer

    DDS Graduate Loan Servicing Primer

    DDS Graduate Repayment Primer

    DDS Class of 2014 Educational Debt Management Materials

    DDS Class of 2014 Exit Interview Powerpoint

  • ADEA DH 2014 Graduates Financial Primers
  • 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

    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

    Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. IHS offers scholarships and loan forgiveness programs:

  • 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


    2016 Minnesota Loan Forgiveness Program Application Cycle Begins


    Minnesota Statutes Section 144.1501 authorizes the Commissioner of Health to award contracts to selected applicants under the Minnesota Health Professional Education Loan Forgiveness Program. Those health professions include rural physicians, urban physicians, rural midlevel practitioners, rural pharmacists, dentists, nurses, nurse faculty and allied health faculty. Specific eligibility requirements under each health profession can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health & Primary Care (ORHPC) web site.

    The purpose of the Minnesota 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. The application will be available starting October 16, 2014, on the ORHPC web site at:, and closes January 2, 2015.

    For the first time, MDH will solicit, award, and manage this grant electronically, using the WebGrants @ MDH grant management system. More information is available on the WebGrants @ MDH main page:

    if you  completing their education in the next school year. A copy of our brochure and grid are included. For information and assistance, contact Brenda Flattum, Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at 651.201.3870 or

  • 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


  • 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.

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