Educator Scholarships were created to stimulate the development of periodontal educators by providing financial relief to students intending to pursue a career as full-time teachers at U.S. periodontal programs upon graduation from U.S. periodontal postdoctoral training programs. The $12,000 Educator Scholarship is intended to provide help with tuition and living expenses during the training period and may also be used for debt reduction. Educator Scholars shall be paid $4,000 per year for three years. Annual payments shall not be made unless evidence of continued teaching as described in the award criteria is provided. The number of Scholarships awarded each year will depend upon the applicant pool.
The Educator Scholar must commit to spending one year as a full-time periodontal educator at a U.S. program for each year he/she receives the award. If the recipient fails to meet the teaching requirement, the award is considered a loan and must be repaid.
Applicants for the Educator Scholarships must have been accepted into, or must be current students in, a periodontal postdoctoral training program in the United States. Applicants are welcome to apply in any year of their periodontal programs. Recipients must intend to teach full-time in a U.S. periodontal program upon graduation. Previous recipients of the AAP Educator Scholarship may not re-apply.
Completed applications are due by June 1.
The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAP Foundation President. Finalists for the scholarship will be asked to attend a mandatory personal interview with the selection committee during the AAP Annual Meeting.
If you have additional questions regarding any AAP Foundation Awards, please contact:
Ariel A. Medoff, MA, MLIS
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-282-4867, ext. 3254 or 312-573-3254
“I feel better and better each day that I teach. I consider myself a privileged individual for having a job that I love in a wonderful institution. At the same time, having the ability to positively influence the careers and lives of the students with whom I interact makes it feel even better. My own personal experiences as a student helped me understand the importance of mentorship, therefore, I try my best to inspire and support pre- and post-doctoral students alike. I think my progression over the past two years has been tremendous in part because of the peace of mind afforded by the AAP Foundation Teaching Fellowship I was awarded in 2011; I can focus on being the best teacher and researcher I can be without worrying about finances,” says Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, DDS, MS, PhD.
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