Recent dental school graduates can receive up to $105K for loan repayment

Applications are being accepted as of May 1 for the CDA Foundation’s 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant.

Given annually since 2002, the grant program helps recent dental school graduates offset the financial burden of student loan debt while they pursue careers in public or community health.

Daniel Ramirez, DDS, a 2016 graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, received the 2017 grant and today is dental director at Coastal Health Alliance, a mobile clinic that provides care for the underserved in Point Reyes Station, Calif.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as a community role model, inspiring other underrepresented leaders to pursue their dreams of becoming an oral health provider,” Ramirez told CDA after receiving the award.

The goal of the grant program is to immediately reduce barriers to oral health care access and services in targeted underserved communities and populations. The program also seeks to establish an ongoing mechanism to provide dental professionals an opportunity to reduce their financial burden while working in these communities.

The award provides up to $35,000 per year and a maximum of $105,000 over three years to be applied toward repaying the dentists’ educational loan. In exchange, the grant recipient makes a three-year commitment to provide care for the underserved.

“The CDA loan repayment grant is an amazing opportunity that has allowed me to pursue my dream of eliminating barriers to care and caring for the underserved,” Ramirez said. “If you are passionate about positively impacting our communities and serving underrepresented populations, I strongly encourage you to apply for this grant.”

Grant application guidelines

To be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Grant, applicants must have either graduated from an ADA-accredited dental school with a DDS or DMD degree no more than three years prior to the year they apply or be positioned to graduate in the next three months at the time of application. Applicants must also be eligible to practice dentistry in California and have secured employment with an eligible work site. The complete application criteria are available on the CDA Foundation website.

The application period closes July 31.

The selected runner-up for the Student Loan Repayment Grant will receive the Webb Family Grant, which provides an award of up to $5,000 toward the recipient’s educational loan. More information about the Webb Family Grant, named for Russell Webb, DDS, and Kathi Webb, is available on the CDA Foundation website.

Learn more about the CDA Foundation’s grants and awards, which are available throughout the year and have various deadlines and submissions periods, at cdafoundation.org/receive.

Apply for the 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant and find application guidelines here.

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