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DTA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship

Recognizing a Commitment to Community Service

The 2017 scholarship process is now closed.

Students and Deans that have submitted a scholarship application will receive an outcome notification no later than August 31, 2017. If you are interested in applying for a DTA Foundation scholarship in 2018, please click here and request to be added to our mailing list. The information below is for reference only.

The DTA Foundation will award twenty-seven (27) $5,000 scholarships in 2017.

The DTA Foundation is almost tripling the number of scholarships available in 2017 thanks to the generosity of DTA Members and donors during the first ever “Fund-a-Future” paddle raise fundraiser held at the 2016 DTA Annual Meeting. A total of $86,700 was raised specifically to support the scholarship program in 2017. Of that amount, $50,000 came from 10 incredible donors that gave $5,000 each to fund a full scholarship in their name.

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 rising third or fourth year dental students who have demonstrated:

  • Academic excellence in dentistry;
  • Financial need; and
  • A commitment to community service.

DTA Foundation Scholarship Program History:

The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation created a restricted fund with the DTA Foundation with an initial donation of $125,000 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 and Crown Seating, the DTA Foundation was able to provide a total of four $5,000 scholarships in 2013.

As a result of a renewed commitment from the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation in 2013, a total of nine $5,000 scholarships were given out in 2014.

The DTA Foundation scholarship program experienced growth once again in 2015 with a generous gift from an anonymous donor, allowing ten $5,000 scholarships to be funded.

Thanks to ongoing support from the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation, the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Crown Seating, and an anonymous donor, ten $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2016.