Dr. Albert L. Payne and Sandra D. Payne Scholarship

Dr. Albert L. Payne and Sandra D. Payne Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2016 by Dr. Albert L. Payne and his wife, Sandra Dillon Payne, of Danville, Virginia. Dr. Albert Payne is a 1972 graduate of the College of William and Mary and a 1976 graduate of the Medical College of VA School of Dentistry.

Following graduation, Dr. Payne returned to Danville to establish a general dentistry practice. Sandra (W&M ’74) served the practice as an accounting and business administrator until her retirement in 2016. This single practitioner private practice has developed into a multi-doctor practice known as Danville Dental Associates. Dr. & Mrs. Payne’s son Chris (W&M ‘98, VCU-SOD ‘03) returned to Danville in 2003 to join his father’s practice.

Danville Dental has established itself in the Danville-Pittsylvania County community as a practice providing exceptional dental care for people of all ages and from all socio-economic backgrounds. The practice is known for its involvement in and willingness to give back to the community as evidenced by the formation of the annual charitable event called “Give Thanks for Smiles” which offers discounted care for the community with all proceeds donated to the local food bank, God’s Storehouse.

Dr. Payne and Sandra created this scholarship as encouragement for dental students to return to the Western Southside Virginia area to practice after graduation.


  • First preference: D.D.S. students, second preference: D.H. students
  • Residents of Danville or Pittsylvania, Halifax or Henry Counties who plan to return to practice in the area after graduation. If there are no student applicants from that area, scholarship shall be made available to students who are VA residents west of U.S. Highway 501 and south of I-64 including cities and towns located on 501 and 64 provided these students plan to return to practice in the Western Southside Virginia area following graduation.

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