The National Dental Association (NDA) and The SmileDirectClub (SDC) have embarked on a new partnership to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in dentistry and dismantle barriers to health equity. There is a critical shortage of ethnic minority dentists in the US, where less than 4% are African American. SDC will award 28 Student National Dental Association members with a one-time $7,500 scholarship. Eligible applicants must be 2nd, 3rd or 4th year dental students and post-graduate Public Health students. All candidates must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service.

Together, we share a common ideology. Health is a matter of civil rights and social justice. Reducing the education debt burden for oral health professional students will allow them to serve in communities where they are needed most.

Today’s students are the hope for tomorrow.

Guidelines:

  1. Financial need will be the primary criteria
  2. Merit: good standing with their institution as defined by the school. Must be enrolled when the scholarship will be distributed.
  3. Demonstrated community involvement with NDA or SNDA
  4. Two recommendation letters: one from financial officer and faculty/clinical director. (Stating that they have greater need than others.)
  5. For D2, D3 and D4 students, only. Eligible to apply one time.

Application Requirement:

  1. Online application form
  2. 500-word personal statement including reason for choosing dentistry, participation in community service projects, career goals and aspirations

Notes and Reminders for Applicants:

  1. Awards will be mailed directly to your institution on your behalf
  2. There are two (2) Post Graduate Awards available
  3. Documents must be submitted in PDF or JPG format
  4. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2021, at 11:59pm EST

Checklist for Required Documents:

Be prepared to upload these Required Documents before completing the online application. 

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Provide verification from financial aid office verifying you are in good financial standing with your institution
  3. Two letters of recommendation – one from a faculty member, clinical director or dean and one from the school’s financial aid officer
  4. 500-word personal statement including reason for choosing dentistry, participation in community service projects, career goals and aspirations
  5. Provide SNDA membership verification document

NDA – SmileDirectClub Scholarship Application
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