Scholarships & Awards
American Academy of Women Dentists
Colgate funds a number of scholarships for female dental students. Contact the AAWD for more information:
American Association of Women Dentists
330 South Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
312-913-9327 or 1-800-920-2293
American Dental Association
ADA Minority Scholarship Program
Designed for African-American, Hispanic and Native-American students, Colgate and the ADA have teamed up to provide grants of $2,000.
ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Awards
Colgate supports four awards/scholarships through ADEA. Contact ADEA for further details through the links below.
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ADEA/AAL Institute for Allied Health Educators
The ADEA/Colgate/AAL Institute for Allied Health Educators (ADEA/Colgate/AAL IAHE) provides allied health educators with educational methodologies and best practices for teaching.
Courses in the ADEA/Colgate/AAL IAHE series are delivered entirely online, to give participants maximum flexibility, convenience, and opportunity to learn. ADEA gratefully acknowledges the generous, exclusive support from Colgate for the ADEA/Colgate/AAL IAHE.
2016 Colgate-Palmolive Clinical Dental Research Summer Internship Program - Piscataway, NJ
Colgate-Palmolive is a large, global consumer products company, focused on the core businesses of Oral Care, Personal Care, Household Care, and Pet Nutrition (Hill's).
Our Summer Internship Program at the Global Technology Center in Piscataway, New Jersey offers two dental students and a dental hygienist enrolled in a Master's Degree program pursuing a degree in, or related to, dental hygiene a valuable opportunity to work on projects in science of oral, personal, household and household cleaning/care products, with some of the best people and best equipment in a Fortune 100 Global Consumer Products Company.
VOLPE PRIZE – The Ohio State University School
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.
Hispanic Student Dental Association
Nuestros Niños Contest - Hispanic Student Dental Association
Colgate is sponsoring a contest through the Hispanic Student Dental Association Chapters to address oral health care issues with Hispanic children under 6 years old, called Nuestros Niños. Students are invited to develop a creative program/tool/educational instrument based on Design Thinking methodology, that educates on the importance of dental care, good oral hygiene habits and dietary advice . Mothers of the children are to be involved in the testing and refinement of the program.
HSDA Chapter will submit their final ideas to Colgate by January 31, 2015 for consideration. The submission should include written report detailing, the idea and how is was developed, how the prototypes were tested, feedback on the initial prototypes and how the feedback was incorporated into the final idea, final idea and why this will address the challenge successfully and a video on the use of prototypes and testing.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of HDA members and Colgate employees and be evaluated on the following criteria; 1 the idea successfully addresses the challenge of increasing the engagement of Hispanic mothers in the oral health of their children, 2) the idea is innovative, cost-effective with the ability to be implemented in Hispanic communities.
Winning Chapters will receive; 1st - $1,000 and a trip to the Colgate Technology Center (max 11), 2nd - $1,000, 3rd - $750.
RULES: Nuestros Niños Contest is open only to students at dental schools with Hispanic Student Dental Association chapters who are at least 18 years of age at the date of entry, as well as faculty mentor who will be considered the "Entrant." Contest starts on August 22, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on January 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For entry and Official Rules click here. Total ARV of all prizes: $24,750. Odds of winning dependent on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Company, 300 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
American Dental Hygienists Association
Student Member Community Service Award
This award recognizes a student member chapter that has demonstrated outstanding community service activities. Recipient will receive the following:
- Engraved Award
- Recognition in an ADHA publication
- $3,000 Cash Award
American Public Health Association
Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Award Pre-professional award
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 STAR Awards
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.
To view our 2017 STAR award winners, please click here.
Colgate-Palmolive and the
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation
- Colgate-Palmolive / Hispanic Dental Association Student Recognition Award
- Colgate-Palmolive / Hispanic Dental Association Faculty Recognition Award
International Association for Dental Research
IADR/Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Awards
Intended for younger researchers (under 35), these awards make travel to the annual meeting of the IADR/AADR possible.
Colgate's Nuestros Niños Winners
Jared Gibby, Erick Crespo, Johanna Hernandez, Jenevieve Bunassar, Litza Lefebre, Lizette Garcia
Congratulations to the Hispanic Student Dental Association chapter at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine on their First Prize winning idea for Colgate's Nuestros Niños (Our Children) contest. Their Brush Bright Mirror addresses the issue of engaging children and parents in improving oral health of Hispanic children. The additional winners were: 2nd Place-Louisville HSDA and 3rd Place-AT Still Arizona HSDA. Please help us to congratulate our Nuestros Niños Winners!
“Our goal as dental students is to not only diagnose and treat the community, but also evaluate the factors contributing to dental disease in the Hispanic community and create solutions. By participating in Nuestros Ninos contest, the HSDA at Nova Southeastern University was able to reach out to children in the Hispanic community and discover a fun and innovative solution to improve oral hygiene. Developing our Brush Bright mirror allowed us to become more involved in the community and made us aware that instructing proper oral hygiene care at a young age can help reduce the imbalance in oral healthcare amongst the Hispanic community.” - Lizette Garcia
HSDA members pictured from left to right: Jared Gibby, Erick Crespo, Johanna Hernandez, Jenevieve Bunassar, Litza Lefebre, Lizette Garcia
AADR Student Research Fellowship Winner
Originally from Zionsville, Indiana, Sarah graduated with a degree in Biology in 2011 from Indiana University-Bloomington and will graduate with a DDS degree in 2015 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is planning to specialize in orthodontics and eventually practice in Indianapolis. Sarah is currently conducting a research project with Dr. Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, to investigate and identify metabolic markers of caries risk in the plaque and saliva of toddlers.
"I am very grateful for the support of Colgate in sponsoring my project through the AADR Student Research Fellowship. The generosity of Colgate has enabled my hard work to develop and progress into real data of which I can be proud. The fellowship additionally covers my travel to the next IADR/AADR meeting where I will present my results. Thank you very much for promoting the research of dental students!"
Community Service Award Winner - Amy Farrow and Kayla Bernard
Amy Farrow will be a senior in the Cypress College Dental Hygiene Program in the fall. She has been a registered dental assistant for 20 years. Amy enjoys dentistry and using her skills to help others. She is looking forward to helping with the community service event this year at Cypress college, and many years to come after graduation.
“Kayla and I accepted this award on behalf of the Cypress College Dental Hygiene Class of 2015. We are very proud to be part of a school that cares so much for the community.”
Kayla Bernard will be in her second year of Dental Hygiene School at Cypress College and is class President. She is passionate about serving others and loves being a part of such a wonderful community.
‘On Behalf of Cypress College Dental Hygine Class of 2015 we are excited and grateful for this award. Thank you Colgate!’.
Pictured: Denise Bowers, ADHA President (2013-2014), Amy Farrow and Kayla Bernard.
ADHA "Bright Smiles, Bright Future" National Minority Scholarship Winner - Danny Flores
Danny Flores is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Clayton. He studied percussion and woodwinds at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Music degree in 1980. In addition, he completed an Educational Administration Certificate at the University of New Mexico. In his thirty-three year education career, Danny taught band and choir in Ruidoso, Portales, and Mescalero, music classes for ENMU, and also served as a principal at Sierra Vista Primary School and vice principal at both Ruidoso and Portales High Schools. During his teaching tenure, his high school music groups traveled to Mexico City, Hawaii, and California. His college choirs performed in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. In his thirty-seventh year of performing, he is the principal timpanist with the Roswell Orchestra and the Southwest Symphony. Danny also enjoys directing the Holy Mount Episcopal Church Choir.
Mr. Flores was instrumental in securing a grant to bring artists from the Kennedy Center to the Ruidoso School District for in service training for all elementary teachers. His expertise and strong advocacy as an administrator for the Fine Arts helped push a bond election resulting in the first performing arts center built in Ruidoso. Professional memberships include the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Beta Mu, a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and the American Choral Directors' Association. He received the Oswald Award at the New Mexico All State Convention. An active clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Flores is married to his wife, Teresa, and they have two children and a new grandson.
After thirty three years in education, Danny Flores began a new career in dental hygiene at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, NM. Currently a senior, Mr. Flores is a Crimson Scholar, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and the American Dental Hygiene Association. He has served as the vice president of the student club, SADHA, is the Senior Senator for the group, and serving as the community college Student Government Association Treasurer. Danny will leave for Washington D.C. to receive the United States Presidential Minority Leadership Service Award and receive additional leadership training. Mr. Flores was recently awarded the ADHA “Bright Smiles, Bright Future” National Minority Scholarship 2014-2015 sponsored by the Colgate Foundation. Future plans include finishing his dental hygiene studies in May 2015; his passion is to pursue a dental hygiene job and work with geriatric patients, underserved populations, victims of domestic violence, and special needs children.
Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship Winner - Melynda Meredith
Melynda began her clinical faculty career at UMKC School of Dentistry 6 months ago, following 7 years as an associate in a private family practive dental office. She is very active in her local rotary organization and has recently become involved with the American Dental Education Associateion, the Academy of General Dentistry, UMKC’s Student Professionalism and Ethics Association, and UMKC’s Students Take Action organization. Mrs. Meredith has been married almost 10 years and has a 4-year-old daughter.
"I feel so fortunate and excited to receive this scholarship and to be attending the ITL Academy for Academic Leadership. I am loving my still-new career as a faculty member and am striving to become stronger in my role as educator. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to improve my teaching skills and add to my knowledge of dental education."
Pictured: Left, Melynda Meredith, DDS and right, Janette Delinger, RDH, MSDH Academic Manager, Midwest.