Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation


As the philanthropic and charitable arm of IKDDS, our mission is to improve the oral health of the public we serve by providing a source of funding for access to care and dental education programs throughout northeast Indiana.


The Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation was established in 1987 to promote educational programs, support dental care research, and enhance dental hygiene in northeast Indiana.

Since its inception, IKDEF has distributed nearly $500,000 to various children’s oral health and community outreach initiatives, free clinics, student scholarships, and continuing education programs.

Click here to view our 2022 Impact Report


Board of Directors

Dr. Jason Glassley – President
Dr. Andrew Hobbs – Treasurer
Dr. Catherine Periolat – Secretary
Dr. Lucas Reed
Dr. Jay (John) Hayes
Dr. Sonya Shively
Dr. Dave Diehl
Dr. Alison Mead
Dr.  Matthew Kolkman – Ex-officio, IKDDS President
Jamee Lock – Ex-officio, IKDDS Executive Director

Charter Board Members

Dr. Jack H. Boyd
Dr. James E. Dumas
Dr. Edwin C. Errington
Dr. Max E. Fetters
Dr. Charles T. Frissell
Dr. Lloyd J. Hagedorn
Dr. Ralph G. Merkel
Dr. Robert M. Stetzel


Apply for a grant

Isaac Knapp Dental Education offers one grant cycle annually. The 2024 IKDEF Grant application deadline is MARCH 15, 2024. Click below to apply online.

If your organization would like to request a special consideration, please contact us at and submit a summary of your request no later than September 27, 2024 for further instructions.


2023 Grant Recipients

  • Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana

  • Matthew 25

  • McMillen Health

  • Neighborhood Health Clinic

  • St. Martin’s Healthcare

  • Unfailing Love Clinic


The IKDEF Dental Education Scholarship

Each fall, third year dental students have the opportunity to apply for the IKDEF Scholarship. Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply online by clicking below.


Dr. Phillip E. O’Shaughnessy Scholarship

Students in the Dental Assisting, Hygiene, and Lab Tech programs at the IU School of Dentistry in Fort Wayne can apply for the Dr. Phillip E. O’Shaughnessy Scholarship. Click the links below to learn more and apply.


The Diane Velpel Community Program

About the program

The Diane Velpel Project was started by the Alliance of Issac Knapp, and then  transferred over to IKDEF in 2020 to carry on the project. Local schools and nonprofit organizations who serve lower income families are eligible to apply to receive free toothpaste/toothbrush kits to distribute to these families who may otherwise not receive these basic hygiene tools that promote proper oral care.

Beginning in 2021, The TowneHouse Retirement Community collects donations for the Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation’s Diane Velpel Community Program, which was matched by the BHI Foundation. This partnership allowed more toothpaste/toothbrush kits to be distributed to those in need in our community. In 2023, IKDEF received more requests than we could fulfil, so Colgate generously donated product to fill the remaining orders.


2023 Recipients

  • Arlington Elementary School, FWCS
  • CANI
  • Croninger Elementary School, FWCS
  • Fairfield Elementary School
  • Franciscan Center
  • Fremont Community Schools HeadStart
  • Harris Elementary School, FWCS
  • Meridian Health Services
  • Unfailing Love Clinic
  • Visit Fort Wayne, to benefit Vincent Village
  • YWCA of Northeast Indiana

The Annual IKDEF Golf Outing

About the event

Since 1928, dental professionals from IKDDS have been gathering for the annual golf outing and fundraiser to benefit the Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation. Golf, drinks, food, and fun, plus raising money for a great cause. Sign up today!


IKDEF Pickleball Clinic/Tournament

About the event

Support the foundation while having a fun evening with your partner and colleagues! Court sponsorships and registrations help to support the Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation! Sign up today!


IKDEF Board Members

For access to minutes from previous board meetings, please contact Jamee Lock at