ADEA/ADEAGies Foundation Dr. Anthony R. Volpe Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute

Through a generous commitment by Dr. Anthony R. Volpe to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the ADEAGies Foundation, ADEA has established the ADEA/ADEAGies Foundation Dr. Anthony R. Volpe Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute scholarship.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Volpe has been a prominent clinical researcher, educator, administrator and mentor in dentistry. As Director of Clinical Investigations and subsequently as Vice President of Clinical Dental Research and Scientific Affairs in the global oral health programs of Colgate-Palmolive Co., he led the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical research protocols that resulted in patented and effective anti-cavity and anti-calculus dental care products.

Dr. Volpe was also a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and is the only individual from the dental corporate world to have served as President of the American Dental Association Foundation. In recognition of his contributions to dental care, research and education, Dr. Volpe has received many honors, including ADEA’s Distinguished Service Award and an ADEAGies Award for Outstanding Achievement – Public or Private Partner.

The Volpe scholarship provides an annual opportunity for one mid-career dental school educator who has shown evidence of leadership potential and has been accepted into the ADEA Leadership Institute.


The Volpe Scholar will receive an award of $25,000 for tuition and fees for participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute, with the goal of preparing the recipient to make an impact on dental education as a member of an academic dental institution’s faculty or administration.


Eligibility Requirements
An applicant must:

  • Be an ADEA Individual Member.
  • Be a full-time faculty member of an ADEA Member Institution.
  • Demonstrate recognizable leadership potential.
  • Be accepted into the ADEA Leadership Institute.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to share his or her experiences and apply knowledge gained from the ADEA Leadership Institute experience in his or her home institution.

Application Process Checklist

Using the ADEA online application process, applicants must submit an application for the ADEA Leadership Institute by November 1, 2018 and indicate an interest in being selected as the ADEA/ADEAGies Foundation Dr. Anthony R. Volpe Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The ADEA Leadership Institute application requires the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
  • A 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 February 1, 2019. Awards will be announced at a ceremony during the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Chicago, IL, March 16–19, 2019.


Contact Mr. Eric Lund, ADEA Professional Development Manager, at 202-513-1188 or

Past Recipients

Dr. Maryam Amin, University of Alberta School of Dentistry

Dr. Juliana da Costa, Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry

Dr. Tracy de Peralta, University of Michigan School of Dentistry


Dr. Bruno Jham, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Dr. Andrea Zandona, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Dr. Gregory Olson, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry