An annual $10,000 scholarship is offered by the MSDA Foundation to dental students who have a heart for service and have demonstrated a history of excellence in both academics and service activities in their communities.


Our scholarship is made possible by R.K Tongue Co., Inc. & Professional Protector Plan for Dentists.


The dental student scholarship helps community minded dental students fund their education expenses.

To improve the public's oral health, we  support the education of today's charitable dental workforce. 

2021 Scholarship deadline is June 18, 2021


Interested in cultivating the leaders of tomorrow's dental world?

Help support the Scholarship Fund to continue the annual gifts we are able to give to dental students and to perhaps increase the number and amounts of the scholarships available.

Scholarship Fund

Our Scholarship is awarded as a partnership between MSDAF, RK Tongue Inc., and PPP. This is a partnership that goes back into the 1950's. Together we are proud to award the largest scholarship available at UMSOD to a student who is making a charitable impact in our community.

LaShonda Shepherd is a third year student at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry who has devoted hundreds of hours providing local Baltimore residents with oral health screens, supporting the Mission of Mercy, mentoring at-risk girls and serving as the Vice-President of the SNDA and co-chair of Delta Smiles amongst other things. She strives to practice transformative dentistry and provide resources that will promote emotional and financial well-being for the most at-risk populations.  


2020 Scholarship Recipient
Past Recipients