2012-13 Scholarship Recipients

The Michigan Dental Foundation annually awards student scholarships to dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students, encouraging them to continue to pursue careers in dentistry, dental education, and the allied dental health fields. Through the generous donations of individuals and partner organizations, the Michigan Dental Foundation is able to offer various scholarships. Since the program began in 1999, the Foundation has awarded 125 scholarships totaling $147,500.

Applicants to all Michigan Dental Foundation Scholarships must be U.S. citizens, residents of the state of Michigan, and currently enrolled in a dental education program within the state. The Michigan Dental Foundation is pleased to present the Scholarship recipients for the academic year 2012-13. There are the Robert D. Mitus, John G. Nolen, George Bletsas, and the Dr. Bill Schumann/MDA Insurance scholarships. A brief history of each scholarship program is as follows:

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. He previously had been 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.

Recipients for the 2012-13 academic year are:

Dental Students Dental Hygiene Dental Assisting
     


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.

The recipient for the 2012-13 academic year is:

Dental Student                                                             
     
   

 

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.

The recipient for the 2012-13 academic year is:

Dental Student                                                             
     
   

 

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.

The recipient for the 2012-13 academic year is:

Dental Student                                                             
     
   

 

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