New Smile for a Lifetime chapter to award 6 scholarships a year in Tennessee

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New Smile for a Lifetime chapter to award 6 scholarships a year in Tennessee

The mission of the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L) is to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in their communities in a dramatic way. (Photo: Smile for a Lifetime Foundation)
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Dental Tribune USA

Tue. 18 March 2014


CLEVELAND, Tenn., USA: A new chapter of Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L), an international, nonprofit organization that provides orthodontic care and free braces to deserving, underserved children is opening a new chapter here and is accepting applications from needy children to receive free braces.

The free treatment will be awarded to children 11 to 16 years of age who need braces but are unable to afford them.

“Our community is great at giving back, and we want to be part of that by helping a child gain confidence and esteem through creating a sensational smile for them to share,” said Dr. Michael Weathersby of Aspire Orthodontics, with offices in Cleveland and Ooltewah.

“Many kids hold back from their full potential because they lack the confidence needed to speak up and act,” Weathersby said. “We aspire to help by providing a scholarship to those that cannot afford to pay for braces, but can ‘pay it forward.’ Our hope is to create valuable, confident volunteers and life-long leaders in the kids that receive the scholarships.”

Many S4L chapters ask their scholars to “pay it forward” in their communities through volunteerism. Scholarships are valued at $5,000 to $6,000. Applications will be screened by a local board of directors, and scholarships will be awarded to six children annually.

“I am honored and excited to be a member of the NEW S4L Board because S4L plays such a vital role in helping our youth develop their confidence and self-esteem by making a way for them to have confidence that will last a lifetime through a beautiful smile,” said board member Carolyn F. Graham of First Tennessee Bank. “The youth we serve and assist are both deserving yet unable to afford that confident smile. S4L, along with Dr. Weatherby’s team, will bridge the distance between need and treatment.”

Information on applying for a Smile for a Lifetime scholarship is available at and

(Source: Smile for a Lifetime Foundation)

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