Scholarship Program

HDA Foundation’s Mission is:
To build healthier Hispanic communities, we connect partners and develop leaders who impact transformational strategies for education, scholarship and research.

The Hispanic Dental Association Foundation is committed to supporting students through the educational process by awarding grants and scholarships to individuals with strong support from corporate partners and individual donors.

2015-2016 Scholarship Applications are now OFFICIALLY CLOSED
Visit us again Spring 2016

Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Congratulates to all 2014 Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Winners!


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A Word from Past Winners…

Being accepted to Pacific University’s Dental Hygiene Program has been a huge goal of mine for many years and now that I am weeks away from beginning the program I feel a great deal of pressure and responsibility coming my way. In preparing for this journey, one of my biggest worries has been figuring out how to pay for my education during the next two years, the Hispanic Dental Association has helped minimized that stress; I cannot thank them enough!   -Ana de la Torre Ordaz, Procter & Gamble Scholarship Recipient, 2013

The scholarships that the HDA grants will have a lasting return on its investment in its members.  It is during the times that students and residents are in their programs with minimal financial resources that the financial support of organizations are most appreciated and remembered as they graduate and enter their professional careers.  I plan on continuing working with the HDA in pursuit of its goal of improving the oral health of the Hispanic community, working both at the local level as well as contributing to the national level while trying to help foster the next generation of leaders in my community. – Alfonso Navarrete Scholarship Recipient 2010

Dental school is expensive and the HDAF was very generous.  Not only did I get support but also in terms of mentorship, I was really blessed to serve as the student trustee alongside people who held a wealth of knowledge and experience. When facing obstacles, it is encouraging to know that you can find like-minded people who journey along in this path. -Raquel Capote, Scholarship Recipient

 NIDCR Scholarship

2013 NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award

To expose future dentists to careers in research, NIDCR offers an outstanding summer training opportunity in its intramural research labs for dental students.  The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to give talented dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research.  Selected candidates are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students’ areas of interest.    Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications.

The NIDCR provides a competitive stipend for all summer researchers.  Acceptance of this reward requires a minimum eight-week commitment.  The nominating dental school must agree to support air or ground transportation for their students.  Although housing is not supplied by NIDCR, student housing resource guides are provided.

NIDCR will accept online applications for the Summer Dental Student Award from November 15, 2012 – January 17, 2013.   All supplemental application information must be submitted by February 8, 2013.

For additional information on how to apply, please visit the NIDCR website for Dental and Medical Students, or contact Dr. Deborah Philp, Program Director,, (301) 594-8444.

Additional Scholarship Resources…

ScholarSite: A free bi-lingual site which provides a database of latest information on scholarships, grants, fellowships, awards and many other types of financial help.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund:

CHCI Scholarship Resources: