Numerous grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. Currently, the CDA Foundation is accepting applications for the following programs:
Student Loan Repayment Grant (application deadline July 31). The CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Grant awards selected recent dental school/specialty graduates with grants toward repaying their educational loans of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment by recipients to care for the underserved. Program goals are designed to immediately reduce barriers to access oral health care services in targeted underserved communities and populations as well as establish an ongoing mechanism to provide dental professionals an opportunity to reduce their financial burden and to work in underserved communities.
Humanitarian Award (deadline to nominate June 30). Established in 2008, the CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of outstanding, unselfish leadership and contributions to fellow human beings in the field of dentistry. Terry Tanaka, DDS, was the last recipient of the CDA Humanitarian Award. Tanaka is a practicing dentist in Chula Vista and was the driving force behind organizing teams that traveled to Mexico to treat children with cleft lips and cleft palates.
Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship (application deadline May 31). Made possible through the CDA Foundation's partnership with the Latinos for Dental Careers (LDC), this scholarship provides awards for eligible dental, dental hygiene and international students. The scholarship award supports individuals of Latino descent who are enrolled full time in a dental program (including hygiene) at one of the California dental schools.
For more information on all of these opportunities and to apply, visit cdafoundation.org/scholarships-grants.