Donating to the Scholarship Fund

It’s no surprise that attending dental school has become extremely expensive. Unfortunately, keeping up with the rising costs of attending school is often overwhelming for students, many of whom are young couples raising families.

The Scholarship program of the Academy of LDS Dentists is a manifestation of the members’ desire to give. Since the beginning of the scholarship program, over 500 U.S. Students, 100 Hygiene Students, and about 150 International Students from developing-world countries have benefited from the generosity of the Academy members.

Hundreds of of thousands of dollars in grants have been awarded to assist students who are having difficulty meeting the financial demands of dental school. Many of these students are young couples who have experienced a personal tragedy that has impacted their ability to pay for school; are raising small children; or are serving within their local ward in a demanding calling. Many times, to make ends meet, a spouse must work evenings and weekends, sacrificing caring for the family and depending on the student’s off-school hours for child care rather than studying.

Announcing a new type of scholarship for dental students:

The Annual Conference, sponsored by the Academy each year in August, is an excellent way to receive top-notch education while developing friendships with other members of the Academy in an environment that embraces the standards and values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  A big emphasis on service is placed as a dozen or more dental service organizations attend the conference with displays showcasing service provided and opportunities available for Academy members. The conference is an excellent way for students to catch the vision of what the Academy is all about. It is the mission of the Academy  – Education, Service, and Fellowship, all rolled into one inspiring, possibly life-changing weekend!  Students are the future of the Academy, and what better way for students to see how Academy members blend the professional and spiritual aspects of their lives together, and desire to do the same after they graduate?  

The Academy recognizes how expensive dental school can be, creating financial difficulties in many areas, including being able to participate in additional educational opportunities, which can be very rewarding and life-changing for students.  In order to facilitate dental students’ ability to participate in the Annual Conference, the Academy is excited to announce a new dental student scholarship beginning in 2014:  the Annual Conference Scholarship.

This is a brand new type of scholarship, where the Academy will reimburse scholarship recipients up to $1,000 for conference related expenses including: registration, airfare, hotel, meals, car rental (or mileage reimbursement for own car), as well as related expenses for spouse and children attending the conference.  The first Annual Conference Scholarships were awarded in 2014, with very positive response. 

Dental hygiene scholarship recipients still receive monetary scholarships, which can be used at the student’s discretion to help with education or living expenses where it is needed most.

Please consider making a donation to the Academy’s scholarship fund.  Thank you!

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