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Who We Are

Delta Sigma Delta is an organization of dentists and dental students brought together with the common goal of promoting excellence in the dental profession. We currently have 33 dental school chapters, and 42 alumni chapters. At the school level, members have a great study support group, social events, education opportunities and do community service projects. Fellowship continues at the alumni level in graduate chapters all around the country.

On November 15, 1882, seven dental students in Ann Arbor, Michigan met and founded the first dental fraternity in the world. For a name, they transposed the initials of the DDS degree, to DSD and substituted the Greek letters ΔΣΔ. Delta Sigma Delta was born and this new chapter became known as Alpha Chapter. Upon graduation, these these men continued their bond by creating the Supreme (or Alumni) Chapter, from which developed the many Graduate Chapters. After 130 years, we are 75 chapters strong in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.

A message from our current Supreme Grand Master, Walter A.
Grage, DDS

As the Supreme Grand Master of the fraternity, I would like to welcome you to our website. Here members and guests can learn more about Delta Sigma Delta and the 75 chapters located around the world. Undergraduate chapters are located only in dental schools in the US, and Graduate chapters are in the US/Canada, UK, Continental Europe and Australia/New Zealand. During my tenure as the SGM, I will be visiting as many chapters as my schedule will allow me. I was asked to join the fraternity my freshman year in dental school, Emory University,Atlanta, GA. That was 1954. Through the years, I have held several offices in the fraternity while practicing general dentistry first in the US Navy and then in private practice in Decatur, GA. I have now been honored to serve the membership in its highest office.

It is my hope that you will find the website informative and helpful. If anyone is interested in starting an undergraduate or graduate chapter, please contact us by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Walter A. Grage, DDS
SGM 2017-18

Delta Sigma Delta Educational Foundation

The Educational Foundation grants loans of up to $10,000 to student members of the Fraternity who are in their 3rd or 4th year of dental school or those in accredited dental specialty training. The loan application and qualification info are in the PDF below and should be read carefully. Applications are accepted Jan 1st and must be received by March 31st.

Student Loan Application

Applications must be sent by mail, not electronically. Loans are approved by a vote of the Foundation Trustees.

Please mail the application to the Foundation address shown on the form. Administrator Dr. Robert Karsten can be reached at drrobertkarsten(at)gmail.com or (914) 484-4315.


Most of us remember those days in dental school when financial aid meant a great deal to us. Today's Brothers and Sisters of Delta Sigma Delta have the same problems, and this is where our Educational Foundation is able to help out. The Foundation currently has 41 loans issued to students with principle due of $305,000. In addition, $15,000 in grants are given annually to help finance student activities fraternally, professionally, and for educational purposes. It is anticipated that many more applications for loans will be received this year and thereafter. Your contributions will allow the Foundation to continue to aid our DSD students. Please send your contributions to:

Delta Sigma Delta Educational Foundation
c/o Dr. Robert Karsten
P.O. Box 237
Katonah, NY 10536

(914) 484-4315

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