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The Michigan Dental Association Foundation awards scholarships annually to dental, dental hygiene and dental assisting students. We believe that the people of Michigan deserve exceptional oral health professionals. Your financial donation can help to make this happen.

Use the scholarship application link to apply to any of the available Michigan Dental Association Foundation scholarships appearing on this page. The application is available in .PDF format (you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view the application).


The Robert D. Mitus Scholarship Program

The family of Dr. Robert D. Mitus formed the Robert D. Mitus Scholarships. The late Dr. Mitus, an honorary MDA past president, was a leader in efforts to form the Michigan Dental Foundation in the late 1990s and was instrumental in developing the West Michigan Dental Foundation. A former president of the West Michigan District Dental Society, he also helped establish West Michigan Dental Society’s Adult Dental Services, as well as the statewide Michigan Donated Dental Services program. Dr. Mitus also served on the Michigan Dental Association Board of Trustees.

Deadline: Feb. 15 of Each Year

Deadline: Nov 15 of Each Year


John G. Nolen Scholarship

The Dr. John G. Nolen Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year dental student attending the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The family of Dr. John G. Nolen formed the John G. Nolen Scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Nolen who served as executive director of the Michigan Dental Association from 1969 until 1990. Dr. Nolen was instrumental in building the MDA into a modern-day association and helping guide the profession through a time of significant change and challenge. Previously a general dentist from Lansing, Dr. Nolen was a longtime member of the MDA Board of Trustees and served as MDA secretary prior to his appointment as executive director. Active in politics, and well-known nationally, Dr. Nolen was long considered one of organized dentistry’s most-effective administrators and leaders.

Deadline: Feb. 15 of Each Year


George Bletsas Scholarship

The Dr. George Bletsas Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year dental student attending the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

Dr. George Bletsas has made funds available for the George Bletsas Scholarship. Dr. Bletsas is a past president of the Michigan Dental Association and former Ninth District trustee to the American Dental Association. His long record of contributions to dentistry includes service as chair of the MDA’s political action committee, service on the MDA Board of Trustees and MDA Insurance & Financial Group Board of Directors, and long involvement in public relations, dental benefits and legislative activities among all three branches of organized dentistry.

Deadline: Feb. 15 of Each Year


Bill Schumann Scholarship

The Dr. Bill Schumann Scholarship is awarded to a fourth-year dental student attending the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and who is planning to practice in the state of Michigan.

MDA Insurance & Financial Group made the funds for this scholarship available in honor of the late Dr. Bill Schumann. A 1952 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, Dr. Schumann practiced in Redford until 1988, but many remember him as a longtime faculty member at the UDM School of Dentistry. He was also a lawyer, having obtained his juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law in 1965. Dr. Schumann served on the MDA’s insurance committee beginning in 1986 and eventually served as its chair. He then served as chair of MDA Insurance & Financial Group from 1996 until 2002, leading the organization during a period of rapid growth. Dr. Schumann passed away in 2005 and this scholarship honors his contributions to MDA Insurance and all of organized dentistry.

Deadline: Nov. 15 of Each Year


MDA Insurance & Financial Group Scholarship

The MDA Insurance & Financial Group Scholarship is awarded to a fourth-year dental student attending the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and who is planning to practice in the state of Michigan.

MDA Insurance & Financial Group is a for profit subsidiary of the Michigan Dental Association offering a variety of insurance coverages to dentists including life, health, disability, business owners, worker's compensation, and more.

Deadline: Nov. 15 of Each Year

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