More information coming soon!
Four years ago, Dr. Joe Piazza, then GHDS President, had a dream of giving scholarships to third year dental students. The Board of Directors supported the idea and approved $2,500 for the award. Dr. Piazza appointed a committee, who created a process, including an application and scoring sheet. Over the years, the process has been honed and perfected to a very smooth system. To date, we have awarded a total of five $2,500 scholarships.
Dr. Piazza had another dream -- to create a separate foundation that would allow donors to give to the scholarship fund through a 501(c)(3) organization, allowing those donations to be tax-deductible, which would encourage even more support.
We began the process of applying to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) status through The Foundation Group, a company that specializes in this process and has a great track record for approvals. We are nearing the end of the application process and anticipate the final submission to the IRS within the next few months.
We are excited about the prospect of being able to provide more scholarship support to our local dental students as well as eventually include financial support to other non-profits who provide dental care in our area.
Stay tuned for more information about the GHDS Foundation as we complete our process!
Dr. Glenda G. Owen, President, GHDS Foundation
Ms. Susan McKee, GHDS Executive Director