Grants and Scholarships
Research has found that a large portion of minority dental students treat higher percentages of patients from rural and inner-city communities. However, economical and educational factors contribute towards preventing students from underrepresented minority backgrounds from considering a profession in dentistry. As a result, there are overall 303 Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas in the city of Detroit (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Due to these alarming statistics, UDM established grant and scholarship awards to aid underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged students towards pursuing dentistry.
The School of Dentistry received an annually renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funding is specifically targeted to assist pre-doctoral and dental hygiene students from disadvantaged backgrounds afford the cost of their education. The funding will significantly affect its ability to recruit and retain highly qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The School of Dentistry was awarded these funds through the joint efforts of the UDM Dental School Departments of Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Dental and Dental Hygiene Admissions, Financial Aid and the Registrar in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Programs.