Entry Level Dental Hygiene Scholarships

A number of sources of financial assistance are available to UMKC
students. The types of Student Financial Aid are:

  1. Scholarships and grants, which are gift aid not requiring repayment
  2. Long-term loans repayable after termination of schooling at low interest rates
  3. Short-term loans repayable within the same academic period
  4. Employment in the college work-study program.

In order to apply for aid, you must apply for admission or readmission to UMKC. You must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (International students please contact the Division Director to determine eligibility.) Additionally, all undergraduate students must apply for the Pell Grant, since eligibility for that program is considered when awarding other aid. Summer school funds are limited and are requested on the same application.

In awarding aid, the Student Financial Aid office will determine the student’s eligibility for amounts and types of programs. Most aid packages are awarded for the full academic year, but spring and summer aid is awarded when funds are available. Notification of aid awarded or denied is made in writing to all students completing the application process. If you disagree with the decision, you may submit a written appeal to the student financial aid office and, if subsequently desired, to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs through the Student Financial Aid Advisory Committee. Aid is normally given by individual check to the student through the Cashier’s Office and is generally available at aid disbursement date, prior to start of semester. However, earnings in the college work-study program are paid bi-weekly for actual hours worked.

A number of sources of financial assistance are available to dental hygiene students. The following listing is not complete, but it does include sources of assistance most frequently used by students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Each of the sources has a limit on the total amount of assistance it can provide. Additional information can be gathered from the Student Financial Aid Office, 5115 Oak Street, 1st Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64110 – telephone (816) 235-1154.Hospital Hill, (816) 235-6785.

Federal Programs University Programs

  • Federal Direct Loan Program Missouri Student Grant Program
  • Federal Perkins Program University Student Loan Program
  • Federal Pell Grant Program College Work-Study Program
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity UMKC Transfer Scholarships
  • Grant Program

For more details, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Division of Dental Hygiene Scholarships

There are several scholarship programs available only to dental hygiene students enrolled at UMKC: These programs are available to all dental hygiene students. They are based on a combination of financial need and academic achievement. Applications for the dental hygiene scholarships are available in the Division of Dental Hygiene. Remember, all dental hygiene scholarships require that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) be completed. Please allow 8 weeks for the FAFSA to be processed.) An application for the following scholarships are provided online. This application should be filled out online, printed and mailed no later than June 20th to the Division of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry, 650 East 25th St., Kansas City, Mo 64108-2784

Alice Rogers Scholarship

Alice Rogers, one of the first dental hygienists licensed in Kansas, spent a lifetime devoted to preventing dental diseases. First as a dental assistant and later as a dental hygienist, she was active in professional dental organizations in Kansas City and in Wichita. Upon her death in 1985, she requested a trust fund be established to aid students in dental hygiene at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need. Award amounts vary from $500.00 –
$1,000.00.

Deborah Thornberry Manne Scholarship

The Deborah Thornberry Manne Scholarship was created to assist first-year dental hygiene students from Missouri. Deborah Manne is a 1975 graduate of UMKC Dental Hygiene program, who practiced in St. Louis, MO. She commuted to UMKC for years to provide clinical instruction to dental hygiene students. Dental Hygiene Golden Jubilee Scholarship In March 2004 at the Midwest Dental Conference the UMKC Division of Dental Hygiene and the UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association hosted a Golden
Jubilee celebration to honor UMKC’s first class of dental hygiene graduates, the Class of 1954. The event included a fundraising campaign that established the Golden Jubilee Scholarship. This award honors the historic achievement of the school’s first 17 dental hygiene graduates, as well as the excellence exemplified by all of the program’s graduates during its first 50 years. Scholarships are
awarded based on legacy, financial need and academics. *2004 marks the inaugural year of this scholarship fund.

Dr. James E. Herbertson Dental Hygiene Scholarship

Dr. James E. Herbertson was an anatomy professor at the UMKC School of Dentistry for 28 years. A strong supporter of the dental hygiene profession, Dr. Herbertson made a lasting contribution to dental hygiene through his teaching and his personal interest in the professional development of his students. Upon his death, a dental hygiene scholarship was developed in his name due to his outstanding contributions. The scholarship is administered through the Rinehart Foundation at the School of Dentistry and is not made on the sole criteria of need. The student selected must demonstrate a genuine concern for patients, clinical proficiency at her/his educational level, high academic achievement and high professional standards. Award amount- $500.00. Awarded by faculty recommendation only.

Dr. Pamela Overman Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to dental hygiene students who are Missouri resident and who have demonstrated financial need. Jonathan and Julia Bredin Scholarship This scholarship is awarded each year to a UMKC Dental Hygiene student who shows interest in providing care to patients with special needs. This scholarship was established by Jonathan and Julia Bredin in honor of their daughter, a graduate of UMKC Dental Hygiene class of 2007.

Maxine N. Tishk Scholarship Fund

Maxine Tishk established the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene Education in 1969. This scholarship is available with preference given to students in the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene Education or Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program in Dental Hygiene who have achieved high academic performance, have a demonstrable financial need and wish to pursue a career in teaching, research, administration, special patient care or gerontology. Total award amount- $500.00. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene.

Midwest Dental Conference – Room with a View Scholarship

When pre-registering for the Midwest Dental Conference, attendees have the opportunity to donate to dental or dental hygiene student scholarships by entering a drawing called Win a Dinner for Two and a Room with a View (the winner receives a free two-night stay at the conference hotel and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.) The proceeds from this endeavor fund this scholarship.

Noveta Brown Memorial Scholarship

Noveta Brown graduated from the UMKC Dental Hygiene program in 1958. She was dedicated to the promotion of dental hygiene as a health care profession. Noveta served as President of UMKC’s Dental Hygiene Alumni Association and in many other capacities in the Association throughout the years. Upon her death, Noveta bequeathed one-third of her estate to be used for scholarships to assist other promising dental hygienists along their chosen career paths. Total award amount – $1,000.00

Patrick and Jill Hardman Dental Hygiene Scholarship

The student selected must be a senior undergraduate dental hygiene student. The student must demonstrate financial need and strong clinical performance.

Sherry Burns Scholarship

The Dental Hygiene Alumni Association, grads and friends honored Sherry Burns by establishing a scholarship in her name. Paying tribute to her effortsin the field throughout the United States and Asia; her expertise, charm and enthusiasm when presenting her various and numerous instrumentation seminars and “hands-on courses”; and her contributions to the technology in the field provided them with the opportunity to honor this former teacher, classmate and friend.

Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship Program

Sigma Phi Alpha is the national dental hygiene honor society. The local chapter sponsors a scholarship for a first-year dental hygiene student who demonstrates superior academic achievement. Awards are given in February Susan Brockmann-Bell Memorial Scholarship

Qualifications: Dental Hygiene student with exceptional clinical skills as a junior or a B.S. degree completion dental hygiene student teaching in the junior dental hygiene clinics. Additional selection criteria: solid academic performance, compassion for patients and peers alike, exceptional patient care skills, and possessing qualities of Susan Brockmann-Bell such as honesty, integrity, maturity and a sense of humor. Maximum Academic Year Amount: Varies

Trudy Parker Memorial Scholarship

Trudy Parker graduated from UMKC’s dental hygiene program in 1954. Through involvement in local, state and national dental hygienists’ associations, she gained the leadership experience needed to guide the formation of Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC DHAA). Trudy was elected to serve as the first president. Because of her enthusiasm and dedication to the goals of the association, she was elected to serve a second term as president in 1960. Following her death in 1961, the Trudy Parker Memorial Building Fund was established by the UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association to assist with the completion to the new dental school. In later years, this became the Scholarship Loan Fund to honor her memory. Supported solely through donations, this scholarship fund is available to assist dental hygiene students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry with education expenses during their dental hygiene education.

UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association Scholarship

The UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association is an active organization with over 1,000 members. Recognizing the costs of education, this scholarship program was recently initiated by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic potential UMKC Dental Hygiene Class of 1954 Scholarship. This scholarship is offered to dental hygiene students who are Missouri resident and who have demonstrated financial need.

UMKC School of Dentistry Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to dental and dental hygiene students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and who have financial need. Funding for this award is a result of a decision by the Dental Alumni Board to use a portion of the revenue collected from fees paid by exhibitors to the annual UMKC Dental Alumni Association’s Midwest Dental conference. UMKC Dental Hygiene Professional Scholarships offered to dental hygiene students who are Missouri resident and who have demonstrated financial need.

UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to dental hygiene students who are Missouri resident and who have demonstrated financial need.

UMKC School of Dentistry Second Century Fund Scholarship

Recognizing the need to build a scholarship fund for future dental and dental hygiene students, the Second Century Fund was established in 1989. Through pledges and donations made to the UMKC School of Dentistry, earnings from the fund now allow the award of a significant number of scholarships. UMKC Dental Hygiene Class of 2001 Scholarship This class wishes to leave a legacy of their dedication to community service and the profession of dental hygiene.

UMKC Dental Hygiene Class of 2005 Scholarship

This class wishes to leave a legacy of their dedication to community service and the profession of dental hygiene.

UMKC Dental Hygiene Class of 2007 Scholarship

This scholarship has been established for the dental hygiene students who have shown dedication to achieving excellence in overall patient care, are involved in community efforts and have demonstrated academic excellence.

School of Dentistry Scholarships

Adam E. Ericsson Scholarship

Dr. Adam E. Ericsson of Laguna Hills, California was a member of the Kansas City-Western Dental College Class of 1923. He designed funds from his estate (1989) to be used for scholarships for his alma mater. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academics. Dr. Otis B. Gentry Scholarship Dr. Otis B. Gentry graduated from the Western Dental College in 1917. He was in private practice for many years before his retirement and subsequent death in 1987. His interest in the School of Dentistry and the future of his chosen profession was exemplified by his leaving the Dental School one of its largest bequests. The funds are to be used for scholarships for dental and dental hygiene students. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academics.

Sterilizer Monitoring Service Scholarship

The UMKC School of Dentistry established the Sterilizer Monitoring Service to help private practice dentists ensure that their office sterilizers are working effectively. The school provides this service at a nominal cost. Proceeds resulting from the service are used in part to support this scholarship program.

Suzanna Zuber Scholarship

This scholarship to support dental hygiene students was established from the estate of Marie Zuber Fowler, in memory of Suzanna Zuber. This scholarship is given preference to a dental hygiene student. *2004 marks the inaugural year of this scholarship fund.

Rinehart General Scholarship

The Rinehart General Scholarship was established to build a scholarship fund for future dental and dental hygiene students. The various donors have many affiliations with the school, but their purpose is one – to assist dental and dental hygiene students at the UMKC School of Dentistry to reach their educational goals.

UMKC Dental Alumni Golf Tournament Scholarship

In October 2000, the first UMKC Dental Alumni Scholarship golf tournament teed off. The Steering Committee was established to conduct a golf tournament that not only would offer fun and relaxation but also would raise funds to be used for student scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and to student not eligible for other awards.

UMKC School of Dentistry Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to dental and dental hygiene students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and who have financial need. Funding for this award is a result of a decision by the Dental Alumni Board to use a portion of the revenue collected from fees paid by exhibitors to the annual UMKC Dental Alumni Association’s Midwest Dental conference.

Additional Dental Hygiene Scholarships/Loans

Additional scholarships programs are sponsored by professional organizations. These programs are nationwide in scope and based on both financial need and academic achievement. The deadline for these scholarships varies. They are usually in the summer. Applications and deadlines for these scholarships can be found at the respective organization websites.

ADEA/ Colgate-Palmolive Allied Dental Educators Fellowship

A $4,000 stipend for the participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute or to pursue a three-month Fellowship at the ADEA office in Washington D.C. – please visit the website for my information.

ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers

Two $2,000.00 scholarships for dental hygiene students pursuing academic careers. Please visit the website for my information.

ADHA Institute for Oral Health

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) is the foundation created by dental hygienists’ for dental hygienists to provide funding for educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the United States. Please visit website for detailed information.

American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Loan

Qualifications: Dental Hygiene: financial need; 7 ½ % interest. Maximum Academic Year Amount: $500-$1000

ADHA Student Internship Program

Degree Completion or Graduate Students, The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is inviting you to submit your application for the summer student internship program. As an intern you will participate in programs, activities and projects at the ADHA central office with a corporate sponsor. If you are a motivated, self- starter who would like to travel, meet new people and learn more about what dental hygiene has to offerdon’t
delay.Visit their website to download application.

Allied Dental Health Scholarships

The maximum annual award for Allied Dental Health Scholarships is $1,000.Dental Hygiene: Applicants must be entering their final year of study and currently attending a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Applicants must have an accumulative grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum financial need of $1,000. For more information, please visit their website.

Application Process: Application forms for all ADA Foundation scholarships are available at dental schools and allied dental health programs and are disbursed by school officials. Application forms must be typed or printed in black ink, completed and signed by school officials. Submission Deadline: Oct. 16

Contact Information:
Dental Hygiene Scholarships
ADA Foundation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-440-2547
Fax: 312-440-3526
E-mail: adaf@ada.org

American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Institute Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is available to bachelor’s degree candidates in their last year of dental hygiene study. Additional criteria include documented financial need of $1,500 and a 3.0 GPA during dental hygiene studies. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene for additional details.

American Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Programs

The American Dental Association has announced a scholarship program that is funded by the ADA Foundation. American Dental Association Endowment & Assistance. This scholarship program is available to bachelor degree candidates in their last year of dental hygiene study. Additional criteria include documented financial need of $1,500 and a 3.0 GPA during dental hygiene studies. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene for additional details.

Hispanic Dental Association Scholarship Program

This association has several scholarships possibilities dental hygiene students with a Hispanics background. Refer to website for more details.

Johnson County Dental Hygienists’ Association

This scholarship program is available to dental hygiene students who have finished their first year of hygiene school. Must demonstrate academic achievement with a minimum of 2.75 GPA and in the top 20% of the class. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene for additional details

MAHEC (Missouri Area Health Education Center) PRIMO (Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri)

This scholarship/loan is offered to dental hygiene students in an accredited four year program in Missouri. The applicant must agree to specialize in primary care and to practice in an area of defined need. Must be a Missouri resident. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene for additional details.

Missouri Dental Foundation

This scholarship program is available to dental hygiene students in their second year of hygiene school. Must be a resident of Missouri for 5 years, and have financial need. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene for additional details.

National Dental Association Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is available to African American dental hygiene students. Additional criteria include financial need and academic achievement. Contact the Division of Dental Hygiene for additional details.

Additional UMKC Scholarships

For questions about the transfer scholarships, please call the UMKC Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at (816) 235-1154 or access the Financial Aid home page at www.umkc.edu

Associate Degree Non Resident Scholarship

The value of this scholarship is the non-resident portion of tuition. Eligibility: graduates of Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College or Donnelly College; an earned A.A. or A.S. degree no more than one year prior to enrolling at UMKC; minimum 3.0 community college grade point average. No special application required; renewable with a 2.75 grade point average.

Chancellor’s Non-Resident Award (CNRA)

A limited number of Chancellor’s Non Resident Awards are available for students enrolling in the Undergraduate and Degree Completion Dental Hygiene programs. Receipt of this award covers the full non-resident educational fee differential (i.e. the difference between Missouri resident and non-resident educational fees.) Students must meet certain GPA requirements and be nominated for this award by the Program Director. If you are an out-of-state applicant, be sure to inquire about the CNRA.

Chancellor’s Transfer Award

$1,000 per year – plus the non-resident portion of tuition, if applicable. Eligibility: Transfer students from any Missouri community college or four-year institution with a 3.0 grade point average. No special application required; renewable with a 2.75 grade point average.

Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF) Women’s Council Award

Established in 1971, the UMKC GAF provides financial support to women currently enrolled in graduate programs or women first professional students in the schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine or Pharmacy. The fund is focused on the dimension beyond the classroom and thus does not fund tuition and textbooks. It is, however, designed to facilitate studies and to enrich and encourage educational experiences. http://umkcwc.org/

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$1,500 per year – plus the non-resident portion, if applicable. Eligibility: member of Phi Theta Kappa; minimum of 45 community college credit hours with a minimum 3.25 grade point average at the time of application. Special application available through the UMKC Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at (816) 235-1154. Renewable with a 3.0 grade point average.

UMKC Transfer Scholar Award

$2,500 per year – plus the non-resident portion of tuition, if applicable. Eligibility: Students in the process of receiving an associate degree from one of the Metropolitan Community Colleges, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Donnelly College, St. Charles Community College, St. Louis Community Colleges. Must be nominated by community college president by March 1. Renewable with a 3.25 grade point average.

 

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