The award funds, totaling $5,000, will cover the costs for a dental student or early-career professional to attend ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

Applications are being accepted for the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award, beginning May 28, 2021. The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation is encouraging dental students and early-career dental professionals to apply and submit through the online portal. The deadline is June 28, 2021. The applicant must be a dental student, graduate student, or resident enrolled in an accredited dental school education program, or an early-career dental professional under the age of 40 or in their first 5 years of professional work following residency.

Selection will be based on leadership skills that advance the dental profession through community engagement, service to the profession, and/or scientific advancement of oral public health.

The award funds, totaling $5,000, will cover the costs to attend this fall’s 12-month ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership program. Funds can also be used to defray the costs of the Institute project, which has a research focus on addressing an issue or challenge within their community, organization, the oral health of the public or underserved population.

The award is named for David Whiston, DDS, who served the oral health profession in a number of leadership roles for many years, including as ADA president from 1997-98, trustee from 1992-96, and president of the ADA Foundation’s board of directors from 2010-14.