Global Dental Relief clinics provide a unique opportunity for pre-dental and pre-hygiene students to gain hands-on experience in the field of dentistry. Join a team of volunteers to provide comprehensive dental care and oral health education to children in need around the world. Each project allows students the opportunity to witness the power of brightening smiles, while gaining firsthand experience in their future career.

With the help of two generous donors, Global Dental Relief currently offers two different scholarship opportunities for pre-dental and pre-dental hygiene students.

Cranberry Scholarship ($1,000)

Eligible applicants include pre-dental students, pre-dental hygiene students and recent college graduates who are applying to dental school.

This scholarship is awarded in two separate installments. Successful applicants will receive a $750 scholarship to be applied to towards their GDR project expenses, as well as an additional $250 cash upon acceptance into dental or hygiene school.

Women in Dentistry Scholarship ($1,000)

Women and communities of color have long been underrepresented in fields of medicine, especially dentistry. In hopes of addressing this gap, a generous Global Dental Relief donor has sponsored a scholarship program for women and communities of color pursuing a future in the field of dentistry.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to join a Global Dental Relief project of their choice (given availability).
All scholarship recipients are responsible for any remaining balances due to GDR, as well as round-trip international airfare.

Wolfgang Pfannenstiel

What Partners Say

After my first GDR project I was sure to do this continuously no matter what! This is helping kids in need effectively. This is having enjoyable conversations with new friends. This is creating unforgettable memories. So in my specific case the letters GDR stand for the German Dentist Returns :)”

- Wolfgang Pfannenstiel, Dentist, Germany

Darshani Khosla

What Partners Say

Global Dental Relief makes sure children are receiving continuous care and that clinics are run efficiently and with the highest ethical standards. They take care of every detail on your trip — I plan to volunteer with them for years to come!

- Darshani Khosla, Dentist, Texas

Carol Lim

What Partners Say

Thank you Global Dental Relief! Nothing compares to the efforts and perseverance of your volunteer teams, working hard to bring healthy smiles to children.

- Carol Lim, Vice President of Business Development, Cranberry U.S.A

TJ Gabriels

What Partners Say

I plan my whole year around these trips. I love travel with a purpose, being more than a tourist and making a small, positive mark in the world. This organization has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and has really helped broaden my world view.

- TJ Gabriels, Lawyer and General Volunteer, New York

Michael Pasoff

What Partners Say

As a dentist, I have treated and cared for many patients, however, nothing can compare to the sense of fulfilment when volunteering your time and skill to ease the pain and suffering of others. It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished when surrounded by dedicated, caring and talented volunteers, such as those I met in past GDR clinics.

- Michael Pasoff, Dentist, Montreal, Canada

Nour Shehadeh

What Partners Say

I am honored and grateful to help these amazing children, meet incredible people, explore their culture and change children’s lives for the better. I look forward to many trips with GDR in the future.

- Nour Shehadeh, Dental Hygienist, Illinois

Peggy Lamm

What Partners Say

If you want to literally change lives, this is a great way to do that. Our work with Global Dental Relief produced more real good than all the other cumulative good works I’ve helped with through the rest of my life.

- Peggy Lamm, CEO Colorado Mesa University Foundation and General Volunteer, Colorado