Brattain and Smauder Win Competitive ADA Student Scholarships

March 4, 2014

(l-r) Dean Hutter, Andrew Brattain DMD 16, Casey Smauder DMD 16, Dr. Calabrese, and Amy Nelson

(l-r) Dean Hutter, Andrew Brattain DMD 16, Casey Smauder DMD 16, Dr. Calabrese, and Amy Nelson

The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) recently awarded two DMD 16 students—Andrew Brattain and Casey Smauder—ADA Foundation Scholarships. Smauder received the Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship and Brattain received the Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarship.

Schools may submit one application per scholarship program for about 25 awards. With 65 accredited dental schools in the US, that makes for some stiff competition!

“With the limited number of scholarships available a school is lucky to have one recipient,” said Assistant Dean of Students Dr. Joseph Calabrese. “Having two makes us all at GSDM very proud of our students and all of their accomplishments.“

ADAF scholarships aim to defray the costs of professional education for academically-gifted pre-doctoral dental students. Students who are in their second year of study at the time of application, and currently attending or enrolled at a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, are eligible to be nominated by their Schools.

ADAF offers:

  • Approx. 25 Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarships, up to $2,500 each (up to $62,500 total)
  • Approx. 25 Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships, up to $2,500 each (up to $62,500 total)

On February 25, 2014, Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter met with Brattain and Smauder to congratulate them on their achievements. Also present were Dr. Calabrese and Student Affairs Coordinator Amy Nelson, who helped in the nomination process.

“Congratulations to Andrew and Casey on their wonderful achievements,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “ADAF awards a small group of very gifted dental students and we are all very proud of them for receiving this honor.”

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