Scholarships

This webpage provides a variety of scholarship opportunities from UB SDM and national associations.

UB SDM Student Awards

All students accepted into the University at Buffalo DDS program are considered for scholarships and there is no separate application. Among the selection criteria are: academic performance and achievement, a broad range of intellectual interests, demonstrated leadership, commitment to interests other than academic work and unique life experiences that may contribute to a dental career, and disadvantaged status.

The School of Dental Medicine offers approximately 20 different scholarships to students in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of the DDS program.  These scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of need, academic achievement, and/or service. Please contact us for more information.

Scholarships for Pre-Dentals

Who: Full–time student who is pursuing a career in dentistry, demonstrates financial need and has at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to residents of Nevada.

Amount: $2,000

Who: Full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 4-year or 2-year institution. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. 
Amount: Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, fees, books, room and board. A sophomore will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year. 
Deadline: January 

Who: Applicants are required to be enrolled full-time seeking a career in dentistry and at least a junior in college (or graduated).
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: September

Who: HOSA members in high school or college to aspire to a career in dentistry
Amount: $1,000 - $2,000
Deadline: March

Who: High school seniors, undergraduate or graduate students in a U.S. accredited institution. Applicants must submit an essay on a designated topic.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February

Who: Four-year partial scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits academic achievement. Applicant must be a freshman in their fall semester that is pursuing pre-dental, pre-med, physical therapy or physician assistant programs

Amount: $3,000

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National Current Student Scholarship Opportunities

The American Dental Association Foundation sponsors a wide range of scholarships and fellowships for dental students, including the ADA Predoctoral Scholarship for students in their second year of study in an accredited dental program. Fifty-four $2500 scholarships are awarded every year to eligible students. Awards are determined on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The ADAF also sponsors a number of scholarships for minority dental students, including the Dr. Bessie Elizabeth Delaney Scholarship for Women, which awards $10,000 to a female student enrolled in an accredited predoctoral dental program.

The American Dental Education Association administers a variety of scholarships for dental students. The ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Preventive Dentistry Scholarship is available to predoctoral dental students who have demonstrated a high level of academic excellence in the field of preventative dentistry. The annual award is $2500. The ADEA/Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students is open to students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. Two $2000 scholarships are awarded every year.

Who: all eligible dental students (must be a U.S. citizen) enrolled in accredited U.S. dental schools. Must demonstrate a financial need and minimum GPA of 3.25 out of a 4.0. (Limit of three applicants per school)
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: November

Who: Must be an ADEA individual member enrolled full-time in a U.S. dental school, with a demonstrated interested in preventive dentistry. Must be nominated by dean or dean’s designate (limit of three nominations per school)
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: November

Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to support dental hygiene students pursuing academic careers.

Who: Must be an ADEA individual member enrolled in a predoctoral dental program at an ADEA member institution, with a demonstrated interested in a career in dental education
Amount: $5,500 ($4,500 for tuition, $500 to subsidize travel to ADEA Annual Session, $500 to subsidize travel to visit the Procter & Gamble Research Center in Mason, OH)
Deadline: November

Who: Currently enrolled dental students with one or more years of school remaining. 
Amount: Ten $10,000 scholarships, thirty $5,000 scholarships and up to 20 scholarships ranging from $500-$2,500 will be awarded annually. All are non-renewable.
Deadline: June

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Federal and State Scholarship Opportunities

Dentists are a vital component of the healthcare industry, and the role of dental health in the prevention of disease and the maintaining of general good health can not be overestimated. Many areas of the country, particularly rural and urban communities, are experiencing a shortage of qualified dentists and dental related professionals.

To address these shortages, Federal and state governments offer scholarship incentives for students interested in pursuing dentistry as a professional career. Some of the most notable Federal scholarship programs for dental students include:

S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in tax-free student loan repayment to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school. Award recipients commit to provide primary health care at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need after graduating. Service commitment is full-time for at least 3 years or part-time for 6 years. Award recipients must be a U.S. citizen or national and enrolled in an eligible medical or dental degree program at a U.S. accredited school. Installments are paid annually in a lump sum. When applied to qualified health professional student loans, these can significantly lower overall student debt by reducing accrued interest. S2S recipients may continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and could potentially pay off all educational debt.

This program is only open to students who are documented members of a Federally recognized tribal nation. Three scholarships are available which can be applied to students studying dentistry. The Preparatory Scholarship is available to Native American students enrolled in prerequisite undergraduate courses in preparation for entry into a health professional school. The Pre-Graduate Scholarship is available to qualifying American Indian and Native Alaskan students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree granting program in pre-dentistry. The Health Professions Scholarship is open to Native American and Native Alaskan students enrolled in an accredited medical dentistry program. It is an award-for-service program, and recipients must agree to a predetermined term of service providing dental care in a Native American healthcare facility.

This program is open to students pursuing degrees in any primary healthcare field, including general and pediatric dentistry. This is an award-for-service program, and eligible students will receive a full tuition scholarship, including stipends for books and housing, in exchange for a service commitment working in an under-served community or under-staffed medical facility. Scholarship recipients who fail to discharge their service commitment will be responsible for the full repayment of their award, plus interest.

Students pursuing degrees and careers in dentistry should also look to their state governments for possible scholarships and loan forgiveness programs dedicated to the needs of dental students at all stages of their college careers. State sponsored scholarships are typically award-for-service programs, and recipients will be required to complete a predetermined term of service providing dental care in a designated critical need facility or under-served community.

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Military Scholarship Opportunities

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Scholarships for Underrepresented Minority Students

Who: Colgate funds female dental students

Amount: $1,000

Who: African American, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native dental students (must be a U.S. citizen) enrolled in accredited U.S. dental schools. Must demonstrate a financial need and minimum GPA of 3.25 out of a 4.0. (Limit of five applicants per school)
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: November

Who: Available to first-, second- or third-year dental students; credit given for work or research in support of health care in the Chinese community
Amount: $5,000 (non-renewable)
Deadline: March

Who: third- or fourth-year dental students with good academic standing and financial need. Dental school deans may nominate one student per school (individually submitted applications not accepted).
Amount: variable number of $5,000 awards 
Deadline: May

Who: Open to student members of the Hispanic Dental Association and the Hispanic Student Dental Association who have been accepted or are currently enrolled into an accredited dental program.
Amount: $2,000 (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: July

Who: Open to dental student members of the Hispanic Dental Association and the Hispanic Student Dental Association who are currently enrolled in the third or fourth year of an accredited dental program.
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: July

Who: Any student currently enrolled in an accredited dental school, with exceptional academic performance and documented leadership activities. Applicants must demonstrate an affinity for the health of Hispanic communities and an interest in participating in NHHF Scholars Alumni activities
Amount: 15-20 awards of varying amounts
Deadline: October

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Scholarships for Canadian Students

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Scholarships for International Students

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