The MDA Foundation is the Michigan Dental Association’s philanthropic arm. As such, it advances the profession of dentistry through various scholarship opportunities and other assistance to students of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting.
Improving Access to Care
Each year the MDA Foundation awards grants to organizations providing access to dental care for disadvantaged individuals. These funds create an immediate positive impact to communities across Michigan. Recent access grant recipients include the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan, the Care Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Lansing, the Miles of Smiles Mobile Dental Unit Outreach Initiative in Ottawa County, and the Traverse Health Clinic in northern Michigan.
Other programs supported by the MDA Foundation include Give Kids a Smile programs at the University of Detroit Mercy and University of Michigan; a variety of other community dental clinics providing free or low cost dental services; and The Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, which includes oral health kits in its holiday packages thanks to MDA Foundation support.
And, the MDA Foundation is proud to co-sponsor the Michigan Mission of Mercy. At this event nearly 1,000 volunteer dental professionals treat more than 1,000 patients, providing much-needed care to individuals who otherwise could not afford it.
Providing Student Scholarships
Each year the MDA Foundation awards its Robert Mitus Scholarship, John G. Nolen Scholarship, George L. Bletsas Scholarship, and Bill Schumann Scholarship to outstanding students in dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting.