College of Dentistry to use $2.5 million grant for student financial aid

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.

The University of Florida College of Dentistry received a $2.5 million grant that will be used for financial assistance for disadvantaged students, according to a media release Tuesday.

Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the grant, which will be dispersed over four years at $645,000 each year. Forty-three students will receive a $15,000 scholarship every year.

The College of Dentistry is the only UF school that received the grant. Pamela Sandow, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid at the College of Dentistry, said the award will help the college recruit a diverse student body, according to the media release. Sandow said she also hopes it will help reduce student debt and encourage students to practice in underserved communities once they graduate.

A committee at the college will review applications and award the scholarships starting in the spring.

HRSA last month awarded the College of Dentistry another $2.5 million grant to support faculty education on ongoing curriculum changes that emphasize hands-on learning.

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