A new initiative by the National Hockey League aims to improve oral health in the United States.
Beginning March 1, the National Oral Health Education and Promotion Act will allow organizations to offer scholarships for people who live in or work in underserved areas, or have been affected by oral health issues.
The new initiative will allow teams to offer $500 in scholarships to people living in those areas.
That money will be allocated to a program called the Oral Health Equity Scholarship Program, which will award scholarships to students who live, work, or visit underserved communities.
The scholarships will be awarded to students in grades six through 12 and include an option for up to $500,000 in scholarships.
The first scholarship for students in this age group will be available in March.
The funds will go to fund outreach to community-based organizations and organizations that are providing oral health care.
The program will be administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.