Giving Back to Move Forward
Founded in 2021, MINTorship is a non-profit foundation that exists to provide opportunities for minority students to obtain support, development and participation in dentistry in the state of Mississippi. We equip pre-dental undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities within the state with the skills they need to succeed in life and dramatically increase the number of black students who enter the field of dentistry.
We are an efficient and effective grassroots mentorship organization. Our innovative, interlinked programs provide the life skills, real-world hands-on experience, networking, observation hours and exposure necessary to provide a far richer experience than reading a job description; and access to opportunities they would otherwise be denied.
Our mission is to create a dental workforce that is more representative of the country and celebrates the value of what persons of color can bring to our society and into the dental profession. We take a bold and unique approach to eliminating barriers for underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, making a career in dentistry is attainable for anyone. We are committed to supporting worthy students throughout that process.
Through our business-minded approach to positive youth development, we help students rediscover their dreams or create new ones, then work with them to develop the necessary skills to make them real.
Our “MINTees” are granted a one-time scholarship covering the expense of the Dental Admission Test, an admissions test required for all prospective dental students and required as a criterion for admission by all 66 dental schools in the U.S. The DAT is usually taken during the second semester of the junior undergraduate year, or during the summer between junior and senior years.
Upon completion of the program, our MINTees will have obtained over 60 hours of observation, letters of recommendation, a scholarship and hands-on experience, further strengthening their applications.
How You Can Help
It’s our greatest hope that you’ll be able to make a donation today, which will help provide students with PPE (personal protective equipment), scholarships, doctor panels, events, meals and transportation to volunteer opportunities. Supporting MINTorship is an investment in the future of young black college students and the future of dentistry.
Here are the ways you can make a donation:
- Make a donation online at www.paypal.com/pools/c/8KQa9mpOKs
- Send a check in the pre-stamped envelope we’ve included (no cash, please!)
Please note that your voluntary contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal tax purposes.