Black Student Scholarship

black student scholarship

Today, its no longer difficult to find a black student scholarship for minorities of African American descent who are considering a career in dentistry.

A career in dentistry opens up unlimited possibilities. It helps many students discover and hone their talents. Enrolling in a dental school program shows a commitment to invest in ones future. Unfortunately, many black students entering college do not make this type of investment because of the costs of dental school. Fortunately, there are many institutions that exist to help them economically, making scholarship opportunities possible.

Dental students of African American, Hispanic and Native American descent are eligible to apply for the ADA's Minority Dental Student Scholarship. These minority groups have been identified as being underrepresented in dental school enrollment. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually and the selection is based upon the dental students' financial needs, their academic achievement, and an essay.

In addition to the ADA specific black student scholarship, there are also other dental scholarship programs that provide funds to eligible full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are the National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate Palmolive Scholarship, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarships (HPSP), and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Awards Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students.

  • The National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate Palmolive Scholarship provides dental scholarships to all students levels of dentistry, including post-doctorate candidates.
  • The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students provides dental scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions programs.
  • NHSC scholarships are made to dental students beginning in their sophomore and junior years. In addition to paying for a dental student's tuition and fees, books, equipment and supplies, they also provide a monthly stipend. In exchange, the student agrees to provide dental care in an underserved community for a minimum of two years.
  • The U.S. Armed Service's HPSP scholarship also pays the school expenses and provides a monthly stipend to the dental student. Their stipulation is that the student commit to one year of service for each year of scholarship support with a minimum of three years of active duty service.
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research program provides an opportunity for minority and women dental students to obtain research experience. Recipients receive a monthly stipend during training periods.

Historically, African-American students have been the largest minority group in the US, but recently, their numbers have been surpassed by another group - Hispanic American students. Yet, despite the decrease, there continue to be many black student scholarship opportunities available, particularly in the fields of Engineering, Business, Mathematics and Medicine - areas that have been traditionally dominated by white males.

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This Website was compiled using a variety of resources and is not intended to substitute or replace the professional financial advice. The content provided is strictly for informational purposes on financing a career or education. Please seek additional information and consult a professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding financing a dental or other professional career.

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