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ADA Foundation offers grants for domestic and international dental student service

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for two grants that support dental student outreach to underserved populations domestically and internationally.

Dental student groups are invited to submit applications for either the Bud Tarrson Dental School Community Leadership Award or the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. Applications must be completed and submitted to the ADA Foundation by Nov. 26.

The Tarrson Award is named in memory of the late Mr. Bud Tarrson, longtime owner of the former Butler Toothbrush Company and an oral health philanthropist.  Its goal is to highlight significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the United States.  One award is made each year to a dental school in honor of the winning student outreach program.

The Zwemer Award was created in 2012 by Dr. Richard Simms, a member of the ADAF Board of Directors, in honor of his mentor and longtime friend, Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer. The goal is to recognize and encourage student programs that provide services to underserved populations in international communities outside of the United States.

For applications and award guidelines, visit