ODA Foundation Grants and Scholarships

The ODA Foundation’s grants enable programs that help not only the community, but the practice of dentistry as a whole. The Foundation’s scholarship programs further the profession of dentistry by attracting the highest caliber of potential dental professionals. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2016.

ODAF Scholarships

Dental students who will enter their second, third and fourth year of dental school in September 2016, are Ohio residents and have financial need are eligible to apply for an ODA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship. Dental students who have received an ODA Foundation scholarship in a previous year are eligible to apply for a scholarship in the 2016 cycle. The 2016 application period is now open and the deadline for submitting a completed scholarship application is July 1, 2016.

Click here to download the 2016 Dental Student Scholarship Application.

OSU dental students entering their D4 year in 2016 have a special opportunity to apply for the 2016 Dr. James F. Mercer Leadership Scholarship.  This scholarship will be given to one student who shows exemplary leadership, both in dental school and in the community, and high academic marks in memory of Dr. Mercer, who served organized dentistry in various capacities at the local, state and national level throughout his career.  The scholarship, awarded by the Mercer Family from the Mercer Fund of the ODA Foundation will vary in amount up to $7,500.  Please note, if you apply for and are selected to receive the Mercer Leadership Scholarship and have also submitted an application for the ODA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship, you will be disqualified from also receiving the ODA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship in the same scholarship year. 

Click here to download the 2016 Dr. James F. Mercer Leadership Scholarship Application.

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDA) students who are Ohio residents and have financial need are eligible to apply for an ODA Foundation EFDA Student Scholarship.  The 2016 application period is now open and the deadline for submitting a completed scholarship application is July 1, 2016.

Click here to download the 2016 EFDA Scholarship Application.

For questions about scholarship applications or issues with the application format, contact the ODA Foundation at 614-486-2700 or Kristy@oda.org.

ODAF Grants

The ODA Foundation's 2016 access to care grant application period is now open.  Nonprofit organizations that meet the needs of Ohioans through access to needed dental care or oral health education are encouraged to apply for program funding.  Priority consideration will be given to projects that have documented the need for the program, show long-lasting results, and are geared toward the underserved.

Please take note of the grant instructions, as the process has changed.  For questions about grant eligibility or issues with the application format, contact the ODA Foundation at 614-486-2700 or Kristy@oda.org. Individuals are not eligible to receive an ODA Foundation Access to Care grant for their personal dental needs, dental school debt reduction or any other purpose. 

The deadline for submitting a grant is July 1, 2016.

Click here to download the 2016 Grant Guidelines/Application Packet.

The ODA Foundation developed focus areas that will enable it to have an impact on the future of dentistry.

  • Facilitate learning opportunities that will impact how dentistry operates and plans for the future.
  • Support a strong dental education environment.
  • Expand the pool of qualified dental auxiliaries for dental practices through education scholarships.
  • Fund public service projects and worthwhile initiatives suggested by ODA members, component dental societies, and ODA councils and committees.
  • Support programs that improve the image and quality of the dental profession.

Click here for a list of grant recipients since 2004.