The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has partnered with the Alpha Omega Foundation to create the ADEA/Alpha Omega Foundation/Leonard Abrams Scholarship in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The Leonard Abrams Scholar receives an award in the amount of $20,000 that allows him or her to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute, a year-long program designed to develop the nation’s most promising dental faculty to become leaders in dental and higher education.


The scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Leonard Abrams, an internationally recognized educator and researcher in periodontology and prosthodontics. It recognizes an individual who exhibits excellence in teaching and compassion toward others and who upholds exemplary ethical and professional standards.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for the Leonard Abrams Scholarship, the recipient must have submitted the ADEA Leadership Institute’s application materials in a timely manner, be selected to attend the ADEA Leadership Institute, and have their dean or program director’s support to cover any costs of the ADEA Leadership Institute above the amount of the award. View full details about the ADEA Leadership Institute on the ADEA website.

How to Apply

Please visit the ADEA Leadership Institute Application page for information on how to apply to the ADEA Leadership Institute. As part of your application, you will be able to specify that you would like to be considered for the ADEA/Alpha Omega Foundation/Leonard Abrams Scholarship in the ADEA Leadership Institute.

Notification Date and Award Announcement

The recipient will be notified on or before February 1, 2013. Awards will be presented at a ceremony during the 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle, Washington, March 16-19, 2013.

Past Recipients  

Dr. Mary Truhlar, Stony Brook University

Dr. Lillian M. Mitchell, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Russell S. Taichman, University of Michigan

Dr. Roy P. Holexa, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

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