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Scholarship Program for Dental Students

The MCDS held its annual scholarship luncheon on 12/19/23 for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students from northeastern dental schools whos' hometown is in Monroe County. Eight students from the University of Buffalo and Case Western Reserve attended the luncheon along with MCDS members from various specialties who spoke with students about the value of organized dentistry, challenges in the profession and practice life in Monroe County. Thank you to Drs. Marni Phillips, Steve Phillips, Todd Pedersen, William Zugner, Nathan Glasgow and Marc Malatesta for sharing their time and wisdom.

In 1961, Monroe County Dental Society awarded its first scholarship (grant) to two deserving dental students. Each year since 1961, Monroe County Dental Society has invited 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year dental students who resided in Monroe County prior to their higher education to apply for a financial scholarship (grant). Students can apply each year through dental school even if they received a grant the previous year.

The program has grown and we now invite those student applicants to join us at a holiday luncheon during their break to meet with dentists who have volunteered to support this important program. We have a diverse group of volunteer dentists who work in various dental specialties and practice models.

The grants typically range between $200-400 per student.  While we cannot guarantee all applicants will receive a grant, most students tell us they appreciate the opportunity to meet with local dentists. Our volunteer dentists have invited students to visit their practice, shadow, or stay in touch for questions.