global academic grant
The Build Your Smile Dental Foundation is committed to furthering dental education thereby ensuring the continuity of the profession. We have decided to focus our grant on female applicants, a demographic that is largely forgotten or burdened with conforming to more traditional gender roles.
Each year, one deserving student receives a full scholarship to a 3-year Dental Officer college program in Uganda. This allows them to afford a program that they would otherwise be unable to attend.
The recipient of the Academic Grant works closely alongside the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation team during the clinical outreach trips to assist with various tasks and observe the work that is being done. The recipient must display a history of academic excellence and a passion for dentistry.
We have been consciously selecting female recipients for the Global Academic Grant. Women historically have been granted less access to higher education than men and would be the first to be pulled out of school for financial or family reasons. Research has shown that women, when educated, have the ability to lift their communities out of poverty. We are proud to support women in the dental field.
Are you interested in sponsoring a student's dental education? Please contact us to find out more about becoming a sponsor.
Meet Lucia! Lucia is a 19-year-old from Uganda whose family lacked the financial means to afford her tuition to a Dental Officer program. After much consideration between many applicants, she was chosen to receive a full scholarship including room and board so that she can attend her dental program without worrying about finances.
Meet Tracy! Tracy began volunteering with the Build Your Smile Dental Foundation in 2018. At the time she was not overly exposed to dentistry but knew that it was something she wanted to pursue. She applied for the Global Academic Grant at a time when she was seeking educational assistance and mentorship. Tracy is now in her second year of studies in Public Health Dentistry. Her education extends beyond the classroom when she joins our outreach trips as a volunteer in the Kigezi region of Uganda. Her volunteer experience has opened her eyes to the need to mobilize, educate, and reach out to people in rural communities; the sheer number of people in need of dental services and education is overwhelming. Tracy hopes to use her education as a means to positively contribute to her community and other communities in need.