Leadership Development Grant

Grant Overview

Recognizing the need for increased accessibility to higher education in dental laboratory technology education and leadership guidance, the Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Leadership Development Grant.

The Leadership Development Grant will cover tuition for three individuals to attend the NADL Leadership Development Series in 2024. The cost to attend this meeting would typically be $495 for NADL members and $595 for non-NADL members; however, grant recipients will have their tuition fee covered by the Foundation.

NADL has collaborated with Melissa Laughon of Catch Your Limit Consulting to create the NADL Leadership Development Series. This series will cover a variety of topics over a five-week series, which will strengthen leader’s confidence and will also equip leaders with the tools they need to create a culture of engagement, where team members are confident with their skills and eager to contribute. Topics will include communication strategies, leadership styles, creativity tools for innovation, and methods for constructive conflict. For detailed information on the Leadership Development Series, please click here.


  • Sitting members of the NADL Board, NBC Trust, or Foundation Trust are not eligible as individuals to apply for or win grants/scholarships offered through the Foundation.
  • Applicants must be employed be a dental laboratory. Suppliers/vendors are not eligible to apply for or win the Leadership Development Grant.
  • The grant must be used for the 2024 NADL Leadership Development Series and may not be carried forward.
  • The recipients must be available to attend the meeting virtually on the following dates:
  • - Wednesday, April 17, 2024 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST: Orientation & Teaming
    - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST: Communication
    - Wednesday, May 1, 2024 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST: Creativity & Innovation
    - Wednesday, May 8, 2024 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST: Courage & Conflict
    - Wednesday, May 15, 2024 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST: Leading with Heart
  • The recipients will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
  • The recipients will be required to provide the Foundation with a headshot and testimonial (web video submission or typed submission on letterhead paper) about receiving the grant, attending the meeting, and how this experience will positively impact their DLT career.
  • Funds will be provided directly to NADL and not to the individuals awarded the grant.
  • The recipients must submit a NADL Leadership Development Series application by March 29, 2024.
  • The recipients will not be eligible to receive this grant two years in a row.
Applications are due on March 15, 2024. No extensions will be given.


Download Printable Application Here


Apply Online Here


Leadership Development Workshop Website


2024 Awardees

  • April Striano - Bristol, PA
  • Daniel Villareal Sr. – Lompoc, CA
  • Francisco Alvarado – Lompoc, CA
  • Jann Soriano – Santa Maria, CA
  • Mandy Arena – Saint Louis, MO
  • Preston Fountain – Cedar Park, TX

Grant Application Deadline

March 15th

Application Criteria

Completed application must include:
  • A completed Leadership Development Grant application form
  • A completed typed Letter of Interest that fully answers each of the 3 questions asked in the application
  • A signed Application Affidavit
  • All of the above must be submitted to the Foundation office by March 15th

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

Attn: Lindsey Rowan
325 John Knox Rd #L103
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Fax: (850) 222-0053
Email: foundation@dentallabfoundation.org

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