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DTA Foundation scholarship recipient Karderro Dixon will be graduating later this year from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. Recently, we caught up with him to chat about his volunteer work as a dental student and how his scholarship will make a difference in his life. 



More than 20 companies and individuals came together to raise a record-breaking amount for the Fund-A-Future initiative, which funds dental student scholarships. Together, they raised more than $130,000, the most ever raised during the initiative. All of that money will go to funding $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.

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The DTA Foundation is excited to announce that thanks to donors’ generosity we were able to raise more than $85,000 for innovative oral health projects during our annual silent auction.

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DTA's newly-elected Board Chairman and DTA Foundation supporter Bob Savage, vice president and chief financial officer at Drake Laboratories in Charlotte, N.C. once again participated in IronMan Florida to raise money to fund the DTA Foundation dental student scholarship program. Thanks to everyone who donated, he raised $9,650, just shy of his $10,000 goal. It’s not too late to help him reach his goal, you can donate here. Savage has now raised $53,350 for the DTA Foundation over the 5 years he has participated in Ironman competitions. 

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 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 34 scholarships in 2018.

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.

The DTA Foundation is proud to announce its 2019 grant recipients. Each year the foundation awards $25,000 grants to help fund innovative pilot projects designed to improve oral health care across the nation. Please join us in congratulating the ten 2019 DTA Foundation Grant Recipients. 

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. The goal of the program, which received a 2016 DTA Foundation grant, is to expose minority youth to the many dental careers available to them and provide pathways for achievement of their occupational goals.

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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:

DTA Foundation/Crown Seating Scholarship Recipient Keyachtta C. Hawkins, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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?
When I think about my upbringing and my community, I think about how it has made me the person that I am. Growing up in a teenage single parent household, living in low-income housing, and being educated in poor rural public schools, all of which although not easy has sculpted me into the woman I am today. At times, I think about how I can help someone in need more than I think about myself. This tells me that it is innate in me to want to give back to the underserved. I love school and treating my patients in our student clinics; however, when I am in the community making a true difference in the lives of others who are often overlooked, I truly feel fulfilled.

DTA Foundation and Patterson Dental Supply Scholarship Recipient Stuart W. Tucker, Creighton Dental

Dental school is a very busy time, why did you decide to commit so much of your time to helping the community?
Yes, dental school is busy, but I cannot imagine being able to persevere through its rigors without a balance in life and doing things I enjoy most. Giving back to the communities that molded and shaped us is a vital part of being a healthcare provider. There are so many less fortunate, and they need our help. I find myself grateful in my circumstances as I serve other people.