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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. Dr. Kates also realizes that further education is the great equalizer for our youth to fully 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 their 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.


Syria Vassar-Dunbar

Syria Vassar-Dunbar

1st Place: $1000

Read Syria’s Essay


Bradford Eason

Bradford Eason

2nd Place: $500

Read Bradford’s Essay


Steven Baird

Steven Baird

2nd Place: $500

Read Steven’s Essay



Thomas Rovnak

Thomas Rovnak

1st Place: $1000

Read Thomas’ Essay


Maverick Wilson

Maverick Wilson

2nd Place: $500

Read Maverick’s Essay




Jaylan Turner

2nd Place: $500

Read Jaylan’s Essay



Mica Jordan

1st Place: $1,000

Read Mica’s Essay



Sarah Gielink

2nd Place: $500

Read Sarah’s Essay



kristine perez

Kristine Perez

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nicholas maurer

Nicholas Maurer

Read Nicholas’ Essay


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