ADEA/AADOCR/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute


A generous commitment from the Colgate-Palmolive Co. to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has established the ADEA/AADOCR/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute fellowship. This fellowship provides an academic dental institution faculty member who has shown potential for leadership with the opportunity to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The fellowship is in memory of Dominick DePaola, D.D.S., Ph.D., who for nearly four decades was a leader in dental education, research, patient care and academic administration.

Dr. DePaola received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dental Medicine, followed by a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his career in academic dentistry, he served as Dean of three dental schools: the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School; the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School; and the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Forsyth Institute, an independent research organization. He was President of ADEA and of the American Association of Dental Research. Dr. DePaola received the ADEA Presidential Citation Award in 2003, the ADEA Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and the ADEAGies Foundation’s William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement – Dental Educator in 2009. During his career Dr. DePaola published over 80 scientific articles and textbook chapters, edited two books and gave over 1,000 lectures in the United States and internationally.


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The DePaola Scholar receives a $15,000 stipend for tuition and fees for his or her participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute, with the goal of preparing for a leadership position in an academic dental institution.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be a full-time member of a dental school faculty.
  • Demonstrate recognizable leadership potential.
  • Be an ADEA Individual Member.

The applicant for the scholarship must submit the ADEA Leadership Institute’s application materials in a timely manner, be selected to attend the ADEA Leadership Institute, and have his or her dean’s support to cover the costs of participating in the ADEA Leadership Institute above the amount of the award. View full details about the ADEA Leadership Institute’s programs on the ADEA website. The completed application must be signed by the applicant’s dental school dean.


Application Process Checklist

Using the ADEA online application process, applicants must submit an application br Sept. 12, 2024 for the ADEA Leadership Institute and indicate an interest in being selected as the ADEA/AADOCR/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Dr. Dominick P. DePaola Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute.

The ADEA Leadership Institute application requires the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
  • A signed letter of recommendation from the dean of the applicant’s dental school, stating how the applicant’s participation will benefit the applicant and institution.
  • A current curriculum vitae.

The dean of the applicant’s dental school agrees to pay the fellow’s full salary and benefits during the scholarship year and to support the fellow’s travel and personal expenses associated with participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute, including airfare, ground transportation, lodging and meals.

Notification Date and Award Announcement

Scholarship recipients and applicants not receiving awards will be notified by Dec. 6, 2024.

Awards will be announced during the 2025 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, March 8–11, 2025, in National Harbor, MD.


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Past Recipients

Dr. Kecia Leary,
University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dr. Wanida Ono, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Dr. Jill Kramer,  University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Dr. John Mitchell, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine—Arizona

Dr. Sercan Akyalcin, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Thomas Kunkel, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Mary McDougall, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry

Dr. Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, Indiana University School of Dentistry

Dr. Michael Metz, University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Dr. Rajesh Lalla, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine