The ODA Foundation’s grants enable programs that help not only the community, but the practice of dentistry as a whole. The Foundation’s scholarship programs further the profession of dentistry by attracting the highest caliber of potential dental professionals.
Since 1999, the ODA Foundation has awarded $337,313 in dental career scholarships to Ohio students. Of that amount, $221,013 has been to dental students at CWRU or OSU. Our commitment to supporting the profession of dentistry and dental programs in Ohio is strong.
Congratulations to the 2012 dental student scholarship recipients:
- Michael Border (OSU) $5,000 Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
- Kate Cartwright (CWRU) $2,500 Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio
- Jessica Chrzanowski (CWRU) $3,000 Hometown: Broadview Heights, Ohio
- Caitlin Glover (OSU) $2,500 Hometown: Galion, Ohio
- Elias Haddad (CWRU) $2,000 Hometown: Mayfield Heights, Ohio
- Logan Halderman (OSU) $6,000 Hometown: Pitsburg, Ohio
- Andrew Hansen (OSU) $5,000 Hometown: Powell, Ohio
- Michael Pappas (OSU) $4,000 Hometown: Parma, Ohio
- Nathan Prueter (OSU) $4,000 Hometown: Alliance, Ohio
- Julia Salmeron (CWRU) $4,000 Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
The ODA Foundation helps support the highest caliber of candidates pursuing a career in dentistry. Eligibility includes Ohio residency, academic excellence and financial need. Eligible students must be enrolled in a dental education program at a school with ADA accreditation.
- Click here for the dental student application
- Click here for the expanded function dental assistant application
The ODA Foundation has awarded $304,920 in grants since 1995. The ODAF program grant application process is open to qualified Ohio community dental care and oral health projects. Specific criteria and examples of qualified programs are included in each year’s Program Grant Application.
Grants awarded in 2011 made a significant impact on access to care as well. At the completion of the grant year, the grantees reported:
- Mercy Medical Center in Canton expanded its special needs dental suite, resulting in dental care to over 1,000 special needs/problematic pediatric patients from many surrounding counties. This grant also helped enhance the residency training curriculum.
- A pilot program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provided dental care to nearly 600 low-income central Ohio children and oral health training to their parents or guardians, with a reduction in caries and gum disease demonstrated at the six-month visit.
- Integration into the community of Youngstown’s new Smile Station II mobile dental unit which doubled annual patient encounters from 1,426 in 2010 to more than 3,000 last year. This mobile unit continues to serve the community with assistance from the ODAF and volunteer dentists who will help vulnerable patients in the evenings.
Click here for a list of grant recipients since 2004.