Section 16-47-76

Board of Dental Scholarship Awards creation; establishment of scholarships; composition of board.

There is hereby created and established a board to be known as the Board of Dental Scholarship Awards, which shall be authorized and required to establish scholarships to provide for and further dental training, in pursuance of a dental degree, of qualified applicants for admission to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry or any other dental school accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. The board shall give first priority to Alabama students who will attend dental school in Alabama. The board also shall establish the Alabama Dental Service Program as set out in Sections 16-47-77 through 16-47-81. The board shall also establish the Rural Dental Health Scholars Program for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school students who are interested in the practice of dentistry in rural areas. Also, the board shall establish the Rural Dental Scholars Program for dental students and shall award scholarships and reimbursements for expenses for such dental students. The board shall promulgate rules for the implementation and administration of the programs. The board shall be composed of the Secretary of the Alabama Dental Association, who shall serve as chairman of the board; one dentist elected from each component society of the Alabama Dental Association, whose terms of office shall be staggered, two dentists being elected for a term of one year, two dentists being elected for a term of two years, two dentists being elected for a term of three years, and two dentists being elected for a term of four years, and at the end of each term of office, successors shall be elected for a term of four years; the Director of the Bureau of Dental Health of the Health Department of Alabama; the Dean of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry or his designee; and the Chairman of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry Admissions Committee.

(Acts 1977, No. 662, p. 1121, §1; Act 2007-460, p. 962, §1; Act 2016-261, §1.)