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Recently, DTA Foundation board members visited the Vivian T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore to get an up close and personal look at CF Charities’ Generation NeXT program, which matches inner-city high school students with dental school student mentors.

Thanks to the efforts of DTA members who’ve supported the Fund-A-Future initiative, we’ve raised $111,650 that will go to funding 22 new dental student scholarships in 2018. The scholarships recognize dental students who have an established commitment to community service by providing $5,000 in financial support to rising third or fourth year dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in dentistry, financial need and a commitment to community service.

This text will be replaced with the slideshowNot all superheroes wear capes--some of them bike, run, and swim to IRONMAN glory while raising money to support tomorrow’s young dentists. Drake Dental Lab CFO Bob Savage is one of them, raising $10,150 in 2017 alone, and over $43,700 for the DTA Foundation since 2012.

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In 2017, DTA Foundation donors supported 9 innovative pilot projects designed to increase access to oral health care and broaden awareness of oral health’s impact on overall health. Funded projects received $25,000 each and include:

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Thanks to the more than 150 DTA Foundation auction attendees, we raised more than $110,000 during the Fund-a-Future paddle raiser and more than $70,000 through the silent auction held during the November DTA Annual Meeting.

The Foundation launched the Fund-A-Future initiative in 2016 to raise funds to support the dental student scholarship program. In its first year the initiative raised $86,700 which enabled us to fund 17 $5,000 new scholarships.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 DTA Foundation grant winners. Each year the Foundation awards $25,000 grants to help fund innovative projects designed to improve oral health care for Americans in need, the disabled or the elderly.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 DTA Foundation scholarship recipients. Each year the DTA Foundation selects the most deserving, community-oriented third or fourth year dental student to receive a $5,000 scholarship. Thanks to your generous donations, the foundation was able to fund a record-setting 27 scholarships in 2017.

The purpose of the scholarship program 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.

Each U.S. dental school dean had the opportunity to nominate one student from their school.

DTA Foundation/Bruns & Associates Scholarship Recipient Darron Miya, UCLA School of Dentistry

Dental school is a very busy time, why did you decide to commit so much of your time to helping the community?
I have been a major advocate for community dentistry and the underserved population years before dental school while I was in college. Volunteering for various non-profit dental organizations was a great way to gain exposure to the profession and see if dentistry was the right career choice for me. It was inspiring to be able to help improve the oral health of patients even before beginning dental school. It was eye-opening to see the vast need for dental care in our own backyard--the communities we call our home. I believe it is my obligation, as a future dental professional, to offer my time and expertise to those with limited access to care.

DTA Foundation and Midmark Corporation Scholarship Recipient Kelsie Pittel, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Dental school is a very busy time, why did you decide to commit so much of your time to helping the community?
Inherent in most healthcare professionals is the drive and passion to help others. As we develop skill sets that allow us to serve and connect with our community in a way that is unique, the impact of our service increases exponentially. Serving our community seems to be, and intrinsic part of being a healthcare professional, and the reward always outweighs the cost. For me, my interest in social justice issues has paved a path in which giving back to my community is something I should always be doing, and I am empowered by the ability to connect with and serve others.

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