California Endowment – Pipeline, Profession and Practice Grant
Thanks to funding from the California Endowment, Ostrow participates in Pipeline, Profession and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program connects dental schools with community-based healthcare organizations to raise students’ awareness of sociocultural and healthcare delivery system issues in dentistry, which will prepare them for community-based experiences during and after dental school. Pipeline, Profession and Practice has helped Ostrow increase enrollment of underserved minority/low-income students and developed a more culturally sensitive curriculum and training for staff, faculty and students. It has also allowed Ostrow to participate in a regional post-baccalaureate program and provide Dental Admissions Test prep courses for minority students seeking admission to dental school.
In conjunction with the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, the Dental Explorers Program sends several undergraduate students to a one-week dental camp at Ostrow each year for hands-on learning and workshops about dentistry and dental school admissions.
Medical Magnet High Schools
Ostrow has developed partnerships with three medical magnet high schools in Los Angeles — Bravo, Orthopaedic and King/Drew — to familiarize students with dental career opportunities and educational requirements, provide interactive learning experiences, and motivate and support underserved students in choosing dental career pathways.
Scholarships For Under-Represented Minority Students
Ostrow has prioritized increasing the number of under-represented students in our school by providing scholarship opportunities specifically for these applicants. Funds from the Kellogg Foundation, California Wellness Foundation and the USC Latino Alumni Association provide tuition assistance for Hispanic students. Through a collaboration with Latinos for Dental Careers — a volunteer group of dentists supporting Hispanic students and participating in community outreach activities — we are raising scholarship money for disadvantaged students. Students perform community service, including outreach to the medical magnet high schools and local colleges to further recruit and support under-represented students.