Smile Train Announces College Scholarship Program

NEW YORK – April 11, 2022 – Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, is pleased to announce a new college scholarship available for cleft-affected American high school students entering college. Two scholarship recipients will be selected by a Smile Train appointed College Scholarship Committee by sharing how their cleft is their superpower and demonstrating an inspiring vision for their academic future. The funds received can be used toward tuition, fees, course-related expenses, and room and board.

The scholarship was established to continue to celebrate Smile Train’s vision of fostering a truly global #CleftProud community and helping cleft-affected seniors each year receive access to quality higher education to pursue their academic desires. The application process invites students born with a cleft lip and/or palate, between the ages of 14 and 19, to share in an essay their academic achievements and extracurriculars, along with the leadership skills and lessons they garnered from being cleft-affected. Recipients are responsible for notifying their institution’s financial aid office of the scholarship award through appropriate forms, and are required to provide Smile Train with the details of sending the scholarship to their school.

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of May 13, 2022. Scholarship Recipients will be notified through email by June 6, 2022. Students can learn more and apply online at

About Smile Train

Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about Smile Train’s sustainable approach, please visit

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Nijha Diggs
Smile Train