SmileDirectClub Partners With NAACP For New Scholarship
SmileDirectClub, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDC), the next generation oral care
company with the first medtech platform for teeth straightening,
has partnered with the NAACP, the nation’s preeminent social
justice and civil rights organization, to launch the
SmileDirectClub Scholarship. As part of SmileDirectClub’s
commitment to diversity and inclusion and groundbreaking
innovation, this scholarship program aims to provide financial
support to African American students or people of color pursuing a
career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to be
used toward their college education, empowering future innovators.
Applications for the SmileDirectClub Scholarship are now open
through June 18, 2021. Ten students will be selected as recipients
of the scholarship by N-SPIRE, a committee within NAACP that
focuses on the creation, development and awarding of scholarship
programs. The selected students will be announced August 9, 2021,
and each will receive $15,000 to use towards their tuition fees.
The scholarships will be annualized over each student’s remaining
years of college education, receiving at least $3,750 each year
that they are enrolled, with a maximum of four years, if
eligibility requirements continue to be met.
To learn more about the application process, eligibility or to
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“Innovation and creativity flourish in an inclusive and diverse
environment where all feel welcomed and they belong. There is a lot
of opportunity to increase representation of people of color in
STEM and we want to do our part,” said Cheryl DeSantis, Chief
People & Diversity Officer, SmileDirectClub. “Through the
SmileDirectClub Scholarship with the NAACP, we’re investing in the
next generation of innovators and supporting the growth of
diversity in STEM, a field that affects almost all aspect of our
“The SmileDirectClub Scholarship will help empower students in
the Black community studying STEM with financial support so they
can pursue their education with less of an economic burden,” said
Yumeka Rushing, Chief Strategy Officer, NAACP. “This partnership is
one of the ways the NAACP is working to secure educational equality
of rights to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the
health and wellbeing of everyone.”
Eligibilty Requirements for the
- Be African American or a person of color and a member of the
- Be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited
college or university in the US.
- Be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate
- Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0
- Demonstrate interest in pursuing careers in STEM.
- Be a US resident.
About SmileDirectClubSmileDirectClub, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SDC) (“SmileDirectClub”) is an oral care company and
creator of the first medtech platform for teeth straightening.
Through its cutting-edge telehealth technology and vertically
integrated model, SmileDirectClub is revolutionizing the oral care
industry, offering consumers the ability to get clinically safe and
effective treatment but without the 3x markup. SmileDirectClub’s
mission is to democratize access to a smile each and every person
loves by making it affordable and convenient for everyone.
SmileDirectClub is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and
operates in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United
Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain and
Mexico. For more information, please visit SmileDirectClub.com.
Contact: SmileDirectClub Media Relations:
About NAACPFounded in 1909 in response to the
ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP
is the largest and pre-eminent civil and social rights organization
in the nation. NAACP has a network consisting of over 2,200 units
and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists.
Our mission to is secure the political, educational, social and
economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based
discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all
Contact: Marc Banks, Press Secretary,
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