Scholarships, Grants, and Loan Repayment Programs

The following is a non-exhaustive list of scholarships, grants and loan repayment programs available to dental students. Members are encouraged to do their own research for additional opportunities.

If your organization offers a program for dental students, please review ASDA's criteria for eligibility and contact ASDA at


American Academy of Implant Dentistry Foundation’s (AAIDF) David Steflik Memorial Student Research Grants
Who: Available to dental students and those in post-graduate and residency programs.
Amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: June


ADEA Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships for Students

The American Dental Education Association offers several scholarship opportunities for dental students.
Amount: Multiple scholarships available
Deadline: November

Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship Program
Who: Must be a CAMS Student member and a first-, second- or third-year dental student.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: March

Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarships
Who: Must be enrolled in an accredited US dental school as full-time student, be in good academic standing, demonstrate financial need, and have a strong interest in charitable work and community service. Dental school deans may nominate one student per school (individually submitted applications not accepted).
Amount: $5,000 - $25,000 
Deadline: March

Hartford Dental Society/James McManus Fund: Student Scholarships
The Hispanic Dental Association Foundation is committed to supporting students through the educational process by awarding grants and scholarships to individuals. Applicants should show commitment and dedication in improving and serving the oral health of the Hispanic community.
Who: Dental students who reside in Connecticut, are in their third or fourth year at a New England dental school, and who are in academic good standing are eligible to apply.
Amount: Multiple scholarships available
Deadline: July

Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarships
Who: Open to student members of the Hispanic Dental Association and the Hispanic Student Dental Association who have been accepted or are currently enrolled into an accredited dental program.
Amount: $2,000 (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: July

The Horace Wells Club Scholarship
Who: Dental students in good academic standing and residents of Connecticut (for two years).
Amount: Variable
Deadline: October 2022

ICD-WUDAA Scholarship Program
Who: The ICD-WUDAA Scholarship Program offers annual scholarships to dental students. Dental student candidates shall demonstrate financial need and be in good standing at a USA dental school approved by ADA/CODA. International students are eligible. Nominations and letters of endorsement on behalf of student applicants may be submitted by ICD Fellows, Washington University dental alumnus or dental school faculty members.
Amount: $2,500 (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: June

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
Who: Any student currently enrolled in an accredited dental school, with exceptional academic performance and documented leadership activities. Applicants must demonstrate an affinity for the health of Hispanic communities and an interest in participating in NHHF Scholars Alumni activities
Amount: 15-20 awards of varying amounts
Deadline: September


Repayment Programs

Repayment programs cover the cost of dental school tuition in exchange for a guarantee of service by the student after graduation. Be sure to view the requirements and conditions for each by clicking on the program name.

You can also view a list of loan forgiveness and repayment programs by state

Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP)
Three branches of the U.S. military offer a Health Profession Scholarship, with varying qualifications and requirements. Review the programs on each branch’s site: U.S. Navy, Army, or Air Force

Indian Health Service Scholarships
The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of their careers.

National Health Service Corps scholarship
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
Licensed primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines can receive loan repayment assistance through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP). In exchange for loan repayment, you serve at least two years of service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

(Note: ASDA is not responsible for the availability or content of the sites it links to, nor does ASDA endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other sites. The information contained above should be considered a summary; complete details and eligibility requirements can be found by clicking on the program name.)