Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

Explore what you can apply for to enhance your career and better the world of oral health.

Sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Company, these scholarships are awarded to members of minority groups currently underrepresented in dental hygiene programs of the Associate educational level. Example elegible applicants include: African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and males.

Education level pursuing: Associate degree

Maximum number of annual awards: 2

Award amount: $1,250

Recognizes an outstanding community-based research or service project of an oral health nature carried out by a pre-doctoral dental student, or a dental hygiene student, or a hygienist who has graduated from an accredited school of dental hygiene in the United States within the preceding 12 months. (Up to 2 awards each year)

The award provides two recipients a $200.00 cash award, a copy of Jong's Community Dental Health, 5th Edition, one year membership in APHA Oral Health Section, and the registration fee to the APHA annual meeting.

Colgate is the generous sponsor of ASDA’s National Outreach Initiative. To support the outreach efforts of dental students Colgate has provided: * Funding for the Dentistry Community Grant which provides $500 and free oral health supplies to up to five ASDA Chapters * Blog posts, webinars, and more highlighting the importance of volunteerism * Free oral health supplies to any chapter that requests them.

  1. Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program; Dental Residency or Specialty Program Funded by Colgate-Palmolive Company
  2. Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program; First, Second, Third, Fourth Year Dental Students and First and Second Year Dental Hygiene Students Funded by Colgate-Palmolive Company

The Volpe Prize recognizes the best clinical research in periodontology by dentistry students in accredited dental schools or dental post-graduate programs in Canada, Mexico or the U.S.

One abstract from each dental academic institution will be accepted for review. Twelve finalists will be selected to make oral presentations at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Each finalist will receive a $500 travel grant. The winner of the Volpe Prize will receive $3,500 and a certificate of recognition.

Intended for younger researchers (under 35), these awards make travel to the annual meeting of the IADR/AADR possible.

National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship

Nuestros Niños Contest - Hispanic Student Dental Association

The Colgate Oral Health Advisor STAR Award is offered to graduating dental hygiene students who show excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession by:

  • Demonstrating true dedication to the profession
  • Exhibiting extraordinary compassion in patient care
  • Displaying enthusiasm and follow-through for community service
  • Demonstrating outstanding patient education and motivation skills

The Student winner receives an engraved trophy, a recognition that will last a lifetime. The school receives a wall plaque with the awardee's name. The plaque is evergreen and new nameplate will be provided in succeeding years.

For more information please contact your Program Director.

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Colgate CARE Program


 Colgate-Palmolive is proud to offer the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE). The CARE program is a 1-year research grant ($30,000.00 USD) to foster the development of first-time-in-career academic oral health or dental researchers. The goal of the program is to advance oral healthcare therapies in the realm of basic science, translational science, and clinical care.

In order to be eligible to apply for the CARE grant, you must

  • Have a primary appointment as a full-time faculty at an accredited dental school in the USA or Canada
  • Be in the first five years of your initial academic appointment
  • Have additional sources of financial support for the proposed study

For detailed information please have a look at last year’s CARE Program Guidelines and Q&As, which you can download from this website. To apply for the next cycle of the CARE Program, please visit us again in August 2021. Program Guidelines and Q&As will be updated at this time.  For general information and questions, please contact

Colgate is the generous sponsor of ASDA’s National Outreach Initiative. To support the outreach efforts of dental students.