Dr. Kates and Premier Smiles Orthodontics have created a $1,000 scholarship award for current high-school seniors in the Greater Cleveland area. The applicants do not have to be patients of Dr. Kates.

Dr. Kates has a very strong belief in community and the role professionals should play to strengthen and enhance our community. He also recognizes that further education is the great equalizer for our youth to succeed and reach their full potential.

Dr. Kates explains, “We see so many young adults and have created friendships throughout the course of their two-year treatment. Young adults also have a tendency to open up to us during treatment. They discuss hurdles and obstacles that many are challenged with on a daily basis, from peer pressure, to teenage drinking, to bullying and even early pregnancies. Unfortunately, our youth live in a very trying time. Therefore, in order to create a more positive dialogue, we started this scholarship contest. We are asking current high-school seniors to write a three-page essay describing some of the recent problems within their community and create ideas on how to solve them.”

The winning student receives a $1,000 scholarship toward the school of his or her choice. In return, we get ideas on how to have a healthier dialogue with our patients and possibly steer them in the right direction when the time comes for them to make life-changing decisions. We are not trying to raise children or substitute as parents. We simply want to give our community the best chance it has to succeed.

Apply for our 2021 scholarship here !


Tyler Williamson: First Place $1,000 Scholarship Award

Read Tyler's Essay Here!

Shura Ermakov: Second Place $500 Scholarship Award

Read Shura's Essay Here!

Devin Suttles : Third Place $500 Scholarship Award

Read Devin's Essay Here!