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Scholarship Winner Highlight

2018 Scholarship Winner Kathryn Pawlak

Program History

The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation created a restricted fund with the DTA Foundation with an initial donation of $125,000 to support its efforts to improve dental education in the United States. The donation was made to honor the late Robert Sullivan and his love for the dental industry coupled with his strong connection to dental education. Two $5,000 scholarships were given out in 2012.

Thanks to additional contributions from the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund and Crown Seating, the DTA Foundation was able to provide a total of four $5,000 scholarships in 2013.As a result of a renewed commitment from the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation in 2013, a total of nine $5,000 scholarships were given out in 2014. The DTA Foundation scholarship program experienced growth once again in 2015 with a generous gift from an anonymous donor, allowing ten $5,000 scholarships to be funded. Thanks to ongoing support from the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation, the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Crown Seating, and an anonymous donor, ten $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2016.

In 2016 a new scholarship fundraising initiative was started - The Fund-A-Future Paddle Raiser. This paddle raiser and the ongoing support of key donors continues the growth of the DTA Foundtaion Fund-A-Future scholarship program.

 
 

Application Info

Purpose

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and provide multiple scholarships in financial support to dental students who demonstrate academic excellence in dentistry; financial need; and a commitment to community service.

This year, thanks to generous donors, the DTA Foundation was able to still provide the top applicant with a $25,000 scholarship, three other applicants with a $10,000 scholarship, and nine applicants with a $5,000 scholarship. For the full list of scholarship recipents, see the Foundation's blog page.

Overview

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be enrolled in an accredited U.S. dental school as a full-time student;
  • be in good academic standing with the university;
  • demonstrate financial need, as determined by the university’s Financial Aid office;
  • demonstrate, through personal activities, a strong interest in charitable work and community service; and
  • be nominated by the dean of their dental school or the dean’s designate (no more than one nomination from each school).

All application materials must be submitted via SurveyMonkey Apply, including the Dean's Nomination form with a digital signature. Each applicant must comlete all digital forms through the online platform, along with submiting a 2 minute video and their CV. See below for answers to frequently asked questions and past scholarship recipients.

Scholarship FAQ

Past Recipients

University
Recipient
Scholarship Type
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College
Cody Novotny
DTA Foundation/Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Karishma Manji
DTA Foundation/Crosstex International
University of California - Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Tiffany Chang
DTA Foundation/Young Innovations
Univeristy of Florida College of Dentistry
Marcel Fundora
DTA Foundation/Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hinsch
The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Rumman Hossain
DTA Foundation/P&R Dental Strategies
Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Jaiden Mercer
DTA Foundation/Meisinger USA
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Christina Nuñez
DTA Foundation/Jim & Debbie Breslawski
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Monica Lobo
DTA Foundation/Septodont
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Caitlin Melvin
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry
Madison Riggs
DTA Foundation/Midway Dental Supply
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Mitchell Westberg
DTA Foundation/NSK Dental
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry
Briana Brazile
DTA Foundation/Bob & Abby Savage
Marquette University School of Dentistry
Anthony Acuña
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Marie-Elena Cronin
DTA Foundation/Benco Dental Company
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Crystal Fuller
DTA Foundation/Bob & Abby Savage
University of Washington School of Dentistry
Jessica Latimer
DTA Foundation/Aseptico Inc.
Midwestern University - College of Dental Medicine
Christy Tran
DTA Foundation/Scott & Loni Parrish
University of Nevada - Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Julia Shelbourn
DTA Foundation/PDT Inc.
Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Vanessa Short
DTA Foundation/Midmark Corporation
Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine
Reisa Rara
DTA Foundation/Zirc Company
Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine
Steven Vassell
DTA Foundation/Herb Wolfe
The University of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry
Casandra Barnes
DTA Foundation/Sunstar Americas
University of California - San Francisco School of Dentistry
Albert Ngo
DTA Foundation/Scott & Loni Parrish
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Morgan Celistan
DTA Foundation/Midway Dental Supply
University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
Alyssa Spilski
DTA Foundation/Patterson Dental Supply
University
Recipient
Scholarship Type
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
JaTerra Ross
DTA Foundation/Young Innovations
University of North Carolina
Sarah Spaltenstein
DTA Foundation/Bob & Abby Savage
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Olumide Olowokere
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Christopher Lai
DTA Foundation/Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund
The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Basem Samir Gayed
DTA Foundation/Benco Dental Company
University of the Pacific, Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry
Alex A. Rauchle
DTA Foundation/Parrish Family
LECOM School of Dentistry
Grant Ross
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Shahd Nawari
DTA Foundation
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Karderro D. Dixon
DTA Foundation/Crown Seating
University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Flora Yen
DTA Foundation
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Lauren Pinkus
DTA Foundation
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Lisa V. Kwarteng
DTA Foundation/PSA Inc.
New York University College of Dentistry
Soo Yoo
DTA Foundation/Benco Dental Company
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Kathryn Michelle Pawlak
DTA Foundation/Aegis Dental Network
Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Gabriel Quinones-Betancourt
DTA Foundation/Procter & Gamble
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Austin Goodyke
DTA Foundation/Midway Dental Supply
Roseman University College of Dental Medicine
Kelly Elizabeth Binding
DTA Foundation/PDT Inc.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Heather Holt
DTA Foundation/Patterson Dental Supply
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Claudia Garcia
DTA Foundation/Aegis Dental Network
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
Kayla Hanna
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Taylor Velasquez
DTA Foundation
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
Sarah Brusko
DTA Foundation
West Virginia School of Dentistry
Miranda Kalaskey
DTA Foundation/Septodont
The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Zahra Meykadeh
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Laura C. Daza
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Touro College of Dental Medicine
Benjamin Droney
DTA Foundation/Benco Dental
UCLA School of Dentistry
Walter Fuentes
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Case Western Reserve University of Dental Medicine
Itamar Carter
DTA Foundation/Midmark Corporation
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Raymond Dawkins
DTA Foundation
Creighton University School of Dentistry
Maria Rose Dreeszen
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of California, San Francisco
Andrea Akabike
DTA Foundation/Aseptico Inc.
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Jiwon Lim
DTA Foundation/Bob & Abby Savage
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Stormi Okerman
DTA Foundation/PDT Inc.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Deepti Shroff Karhade
DTA Foundation
University
Recipient
Scholarship Type
UCLA School of Dentistry
Darron Miya
DTA Foundation/Bruns & Associates
Marquette University School of Dentistry
Sara Mogenson
DTA Foundation/Young Innovations
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Aileen Almonte
DTA Foundation/Cohen Amsterdam Educational Foundation
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keyachtta Hawkins
DTA Foundation/Crown Seating
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Elizabeth Betances
DTA Foundation/Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Kelsie Pittel
DTA Foundation/Midmark Corporation
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Amir Karimi
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Bailey Proft
DTA Foundation
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Amanda Settle
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Kathleen Aguilar
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
A.T. Still University: Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Cayla Ray
DTA Foundation
University of Texas Health School of Dentistry at Houston
Virginia Velez
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Washington School of Dentistry
Arley Medrano
DTA Foundation/Aseptico Inc.
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Taylor Vracar
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Midwestern University - Glendale, Az.
Chelsey Allen
DTA Foundation/Blasdell Family
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugong School of Dentistry
Natalie Okuhara
DTA Foundation
University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry
Ivy Vuong
DTA Foundation/Parrish Family
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Seon Gyeong (Lisa) Park
DTA Foundation
Creighton University School of Dentistry
Stuart Tucker
DTA Foundation/Patterson Dental Supply
University of Utah School of Dentistry
Peter Mortenson
DTA Foundation/PDT Inc.
West Virginia University
Mannhu Iglesias
DTA Foundation
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Sarah Specht
DTA Foundation/Procter & Gamble
University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine
Toni Jilka
DTA Foundation
University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Dentistry
Ron Marquez
DTA Foundation
Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry
Stephanie Brown
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Leslie Pence
DTA Foundation
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
Nathan Gray
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University
Recipient
Scholarship Type
A.T. Still University, Arizona school of Dentistry and Oral Health
James Marc Younan
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Meharry Medical College
Rushelle Julien
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Joshua Christopher Vert
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
Jean Calvo
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Amir Aryaan
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry
Jessica Sliger
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Michelle Farnoush
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Jordan J. Telin
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Thuy Nguyen
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
Univeristy of Florida College of Dentistry
ArNelle R. Wright
DTA Foundation
University
Recipient
Scholarship Type
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
Francisco Nieves
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
Joseph DePalo
DTA Foundation
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
John Morgan Buie
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
Tayla Cunningham
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Pardeep Kaur
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Brian Lehigh
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Meharry Medical College
Jasma’ Leah McDonald
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Western University of Health Sciences
Debra Peterson
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
Caroline Zeller
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Howard University School of Dentistry
Queenate Ibeto
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
University
Recipient
Scholarship Type
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
2014 Recipient Amy Susanne Blake
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
New York University College of Dentistry
2014 Recipient Lorel E. Burns
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
University of California, San Francisco
2014 Recipient Jolie Goodman
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
2014 Recipient Caleb Timothy King
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Meharry Medical College
2014 Recipient Bruno Wekulo Kuloba
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
LECOM School of Dental Medicine
Stephanie Ahn-Kieu Nguyen
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
2014 Recipient Stephanie Ting
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry
2014 Recipient Jessica Leigh Tucker
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
2014 Recipient Robert Atwell
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Loma Linda University
2013 Recipient Eric Chen
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
2013 Recipient Rachel D’Souza
DTA Foundation/Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund/Crown Seating
A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
2013 Recipient Sarah Usher
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
2013 Recipient Chelsea Wong
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
2012 Recipient Hieu Quang Nguyen
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation
Arizona School of Dentistry
2012 Recipient Hemali Rajyaguru
DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation