Delta Dental Grant Program Recognizes 65 Outstanding Dental School Students

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Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and their affiliates awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 65 outstanding dental school students.

Sixty-five outstanding dental school students received more than $200,000 in grants this year from Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and affiliated companies, officials announced today.

Each year, the group of companies awards grants to graduating dental school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities. This year, Delta Dental presented $212,500 to 65 students representing 20 dental schools in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Delta Dental established the awards in 1977 in honor of Dr. F. Gene Dixon, the first chief executive officer of Delta Dental of California, which is now part of the largest dental benefits delivery system in the country along with Delta Dental member companies in Pennsylvania, New York and Georgia.

Here is a summary of the grants just awarded:

2013 F. Gene Dixon Student Leadership Awards

  •     65 students recognized
  •     Students are from 20 different dental schools in 11 states plus the District of Columbia
  •     Students represent 17 different states and the District of Columbia
  •     Awards total $212,500; individual amounts range from $2,500 to $12,500

Click here for a link of this year's grant recipients.

Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and several other companies under common management provide dental benefits plans to 26 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), based in Oak Brook, Ill. The association collectively covers more than 60 million of the 166 million people nationwide with private dental insurance.

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