The burden of student debt can make a career in public or community health nearly impossible for new dentists. The CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Bursary Program aims to encourage recipients to care for the underserved. Applications are now being accepted.
Dental students today live with a reality that presents a strange dichotomy. Although the job outlook for dentists remains stable, a dental degree is one of the most expensive for students to obtain. Most dental students rely on loans to fund their education. According to American Dental Education Associationthe average dental school debt for the Class of 2020 was $304,824.
The burden of student debt can make a career in public or community health nearly impossible for new dentists. Due to their indebtedness, many are forced to choose higher paying positions in the private sector. The lack of available and qualified providers contributes to the current crisis of care for the underserved.
The CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Bursary Program was designed to immediately reduce barriers to accessing oral health services in targeted communities and underserved populations
Grant up to $50,000 per year over five years
Recipients of the Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Bursary receive up to $50,000 per year to a maximum of $250,000 over five years for student loan debt in return for a commitment to care for those in need. served.
A deserving California dental student will be selected for this life-changing means of delivering their skills where they are needed most. In addition, the person chosen as a finalist receives the Webb Family Grant. This grant provides an annual award of $5,000 for education expenses. Often it is the difference that makes the impossible possible.
Apply before July 31
Dental graduate students are encouraged to submit their applications by July 31 for the Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Scholarship. More information on applying for a grant can be found in the application guidelines. The CDA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the California Dental Association. Learn more about the Foundation’s mission and other grant and scholarship programs.