Why My Teacher Makes Me Smile Flax Scholarship



At Flax Dental, we believe knowledge matters, which is why Flax Dental (www.FlaxDental.com) invests in the next generation of students through scholarships. Dr. Hugh Flax, an Atlanta-based accredited cosmetic dentist, has dedicated his career to advancing the profession of dentistry and the care that patients receive by serving as an international lecturer, past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and founder of the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. His passion for education has inspired him to offer several scholarships, including the “Why My Teacher Makes Me Smile Flax Scholarship.”  The “Why My Teacher Makes Me Smile Flax Scholarship” awards an annual $1,000 scholarship to be used for college tuition by a senior high school student in Georgia.


To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be a senior Georgia high school student in good academic standing with a cumulative minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 (4.0 scale) who is on-track to apply for accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs (including accredited two- and four-year college, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools) pending receipt of a high school diploma.

Application Process

When the call for submissions opens an application form will appear on this page. An applicant must write a 400-600-word essay answering the question “How has a specific teacher (past or present) positively impacted your life and made you smile?” The essay must be submitted in Microsoft Word format or PDF format. Essays will be judged on effectiveness in presenting a personal point of view, clear communication, and originality. Please include the teacher’s first and last name, grade taught and school.


The call for submissions has reopened for this year starting January 1, 2019. The deadline to submit an application will be April 30, 2019. The winner will be announced in May 2019.

Submissions that are obscene or offensive, to be determined in sponsor’s sole discretion, can be deemed ineligible. By submitting an application, applicant acknowledges that his/her application, including his/her video, may be used for marketing purposes, which may include being published on sponsor’s website, social media accounts or other third-party entities. Submission of an application grants sponsor and its agents the irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free license and right to publish, use, adapt, edit, publicly perform and/or modify application and/or video in any way, in any and all media without limitation. By submitting an application you warrant and represent that it: (a) is your original work, (b) has not been previously published, (c) has not won previous awards, (d) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; and (e) and that publication of the application via various media including Web posting, will not infringe on any third party rights.

Teacher Scholarship

  • *Note: Must be a Senior in High School to be eligible*
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