NDAF / Dr. Bessie Delaney Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$10,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

May 25, 2021

Tuesday
Awarded By:

National Dental Association Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award offered.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a female.
  2. Must be a resident of the United States.
  3. Must be pursuing additional degree in a sub-specialty of dentistry in one of our priority areas such as: public health, administration, pediatrics, research, law, etc.
  4. Must be a post doctoral student.
  5. Must be a NDA member.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The NDAF / Dr. Bessie Delaney Scholarship of $10,000 is named in honor of Dr. Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delaney, who among other accomplishments, was the only Black female in her DDS graduating class in 1923 Columbia University. Only open to female applicants.

Application requirements for the NDAF / Dr. Bessie Delaney Scholarship are:

  • No application requirements for this scholarship
Additional Information: The Dr. Bessie Delaney Scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delaney, (September 3, 1891 – September 25, 1995). Dr. Bessie Delaney earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) dental degree in 1923 from Columbia University. She was the only Black female in her class, and the second Black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York State. Dr. Delaney treated many of Harlem’s poor, and in 27 years of practice never raised her fees. Widely known throughout the community as “Dr. Bessie,” she treated the rich and poor equally, and performed thousands of free children’s dental exams. During the depression, she went on providing care for those who could not afford to pay. Active in civil rights, she participated in many protests and marches, and encouraged civil rights organizers to meet at her dental office. She believed in equality for all people and openly defied the segregation laws of the time. Dr. Bessie became famous at the age of 101, with the publication of the book, “Having Our Say” by Amy Hill Hearth. In 1994, Columbia’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery awarded her its Distinguished Alumna Award for “her pioneering work as a minority woman in dentistry.”

Award Amount: $10,000 scholarship  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $10,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Submit by the deadline.
Contact: NDAF / Dr. Bessie Delaney Scholarship
Address: 3517 16th street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20010

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