In 2016 the ISDS Foundation hopes to award $18,000 in scholarships to qualified dental students who are succeeding academically and who have committed themselves to community involvement. These funds are focused on the programs of Illinois’ three dental schools: Southern Illinois University – School of Dental Medicine in Alton, University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago, and Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois in Downers Grove.
It is through generous donor support that the ISDS Foundation is able to continue to provide financial assistance for today’s dental students. Many of these exemplary students will become tomorrow’s leaders of organized dentistry.
The Paul W. Clopper Scholarship Grant for Junior Dental Students – A $3,000 financial grant is available to three students who will be juniors in the Fall, 2016 semester of dental school. It is based on academic and clinical excellence as well as financial need, student activities and community involvement. The scholarship memorializes the civic leadership and dedication to the dental profession of Dr. Clopper, the founder of the ISDS Foundation.
$3,000 available to a Junior/D3 in the Fall, 2016 at:
The David C. Shapiro Memorial Scholarship Grant for Senior Dental Students – A $3,000 financial grant is available to two students who will be seniors in the Fall, 2016 semester of dental school. It is based on academic and clinical excellence as well as financial need, student activities and community involvement. The scholarship memorializes Dr. Shapiro’s civic leadership and dedication to the dental profession.
$3,000 available to a Senior/D4 in the Fall, 2016 at:
The Rock Island District Dental Scholarship Grant for Junior Dental Students – A $1,000 financial grant is available to one student who will be a junior in the Fall, 2016 semester of dental school. It is available only to students from the region of the Rock Island District Dental Society (RIDDS), which includes Mercer County, Rock Island County, and the northern half of Henry County, and who are not immediate family members of a RIDDS member dentist.
$1,000 available to one Junior/D3 in the Fall, 2016 at:
Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship recipients:
Midwestern College of Dental Medicine – Illinois:
Yin Cao – Clopper
Shabnam Rahimi – Shapiro
SIU School of Dental Medicine:
Sonny Song – Clopper
Spencer Blackham – Shapiro
UIC College of Dentistry:
Joseph Deek – Clopper
Bo Yeon Bartilotta – Shapiro
Rock Island District Dental Society:
Jessica Green – SIU SDM
Table Clinics & Student Research
Dr. Susan Bishop, Vice President of the ISDS Foundation Board of Directors and Chair of the Dental Student Research Committee summed it up this way:
“Thank you to the judges for taking the time out of their busy practices to Participate. I think the judges were awed with the research at both schools. The rewards are twofold – (1) ISDSF support assists the dental schools and the students financially and encourages quality and unbiased research for the development of the dental products used in our offices; and (2) attendance at the Research Days provides the attendees with an education about new concepts and projects, as well as the educational accomplishments of the students during their four years of education. Please plan on attending and participating in next year’s UIC-COD and SIU-SDM Research Days. Your support is needed.”
White Coat Ceremony
Donor support also enables the ISDS Foundation to help sponsor White Coat Ceremonies at the dental schools. The ceremony symbolizes the student’s entry into the healing profession of dentistry, as a new dental student. It celebrates the student’s choice to pursue a life in service to the health of society.
Field Trip to the Future
This field trip, supported in part by the ISDS Foundation, enables students to see organized dentistry in action. The students tour the American Dental Association Headquarters in Chicago or go to the ISDS headquarters in Springfield for seminars and to tour the Capitol and attend presentations by legislators.