Justin Harlow, D.D.S. Candidate 2014, received the Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship through National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF), the non-profit arm of the National Dental Association (NDA). Harlow is one of 10 second-, third- and fourth-year D.D.S. or D.M.D. recipients named this year from across the country.
As an award recipient, Harlow will receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to be used towards his dental education. In part, eligibility is based on two essays and a completed application, a minimum GPA of 3.2 and three letters of recommendation. Additionally, recipients of the NDAF Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship are required to be active members of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA); Harlow is currently serving his second consecutive year on the SNDA Board of Directors.
The award also requires a demonstrated history of being active in community service. In his time at the school, Harlow has participated in the ASDA Crest Healthy Smiles program, led the SNDA Impressions Program and Lessons in a Lunchbox program, and worked as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Durham Alumni Chapter) at voter registration drives. Additionally, he has spent time tutoring first-year D.D.S. students in biochemistry and dental anatomy, and mentoring students at Chewning Middle School. In 2010, prior to attending dental school, Harlow started his own scholarship in his hometown of Atlanta – The Justin Harlow Book Scholarship – which is given annually to three Atlanta public schools students each year who show financial need and have been accepted to college.
“Being named a recipient of this scholarship is really humbling because it’s such a great honor,” said Harlow. “I am also very grateful to have the support of such highly regarded and respected UNC School of Dentistry faculty like Dr. Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, Dr. Ibriham Duqum and Dr. Al Wilder, all of whom endorsed my application for this scholarship.”
Incorporated in 1976, the NDAF promotes dental health access and equality worldwide and support community service efforts in oral health fields, while providing scholarships to support educational and scientific research endeavors of dentists, dental students, hygienists and dental assistants. According to their website, the NDAF, with their partner Colgate-Palmolive, has provided over $3 million in scholarship funds for more than 2,400 students, and more than $4 million in student and faculty research funding.