Scholarships and Student Awards

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Every year, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) awards scholarships and student leadership awards to students who demonstrate excellent academic and leadership skills, and who exhibit a passion for dentistry.Award ribbon icon

Since 1980, the DDF has awarded more than 800 scholarships and Student Leadership Awards. Many of our past scholarship and leadership award recipients have reached out to improve oral health care in communities in need around the world.

Scholarships

Eight students from each dental school in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are awarded a DDF scholarship each year. Recipients are selected by the dean of their school of dentistry.

In 2013, the DDF launched the Delta Dental Foundation Dental Hygiene Scholarship program for students at select schools in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana who are pursuing a degree in dental hygiene.

Student Leadership Award

This is awarded to one graduating dental student from each dental school in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana each year. Recipients are selected by the dean of their school of dentistry.

Community Commitment Award

The $25,000 Community Commitment Award, given annually by the DDF, helps increase access to dental care in areas of high need. The awards are given to one student from each dental school in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Each of the five award recipients will receive the award in two payments for committing to practice in a designated health professional shortage area in the state in which they attended dental school for at least one year immediately following graduation. Recipients are selected by the dean of their school of dentistry.

Patrick P. Gribben Jr. Community Commitment Award

This award was established in 2014 to honor the memory of Patrick P. Gribben Jr., who served for 25 years as the president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Michigan and later as president of the Delta Dental Foundation. The award is given to one student graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry who commits to practice in a designated health professional shortage area in Michigan for at least one year immediately following graduation. Recipients are selected by the dean of their school of dentistry.