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Why practice in a rural community? Because there are plenty of pros.

Small town life has many unique advantages. The local dentist is viewed as a pillar of the community, benefitting from stronger connections. They face less practice saturation and less competition, while incurring relatively low overhead costs. And they can develop a broad range of clinical skills by engaging in a wide variety of procedures. Small town dentists make a huge difference by being a big fish in a small pond.

If you are considering rural practice, here is one more big reason: $180K.

The Board of Dental Scholarships considers candidates for an upfront award of $180K in return for at least four years of service in an Alabama small town/rural community in need of a dental professional (qualifying counties below). In addition to the monetary award, Board of Dental Scholarships personnel will help awardees locate a practice home, if desired, and arrange for a practice mentor for support. The award money is in addition to any regular earnings – it does not replace or constitute an awardee’s practice income. D1-D4 dental students are eligible to apply. In-state residency for UAB is not required. Service requirement is 4-5 years depending on practice characteristics.

Qualifying Counties (subject to change depending upon workforce metrics): Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Conecuh, Coosa, Crenshaw, Elmore, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Lawrence, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Sumter, Washington, Wilcox

Interested in applying to the Board of Dental Scholarships?

A call for applications is advertised twice a year, with applications due typically in both July and January. Selected candidates will interview with the Board of Dental Scholarships -- the BDS typically conducts interviews twice a year (February and August). Applications should be submitted via the link below. Additional materials should be submitted to Kelly Stinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Learn more about the Alabama Board of Dental Scholarships administrative rules.

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Also view the Alabama Board of Dental Scholarships law  and inventory.