The Roy J. Rinehart Memorial Foundation ensures the UMKC School of Dentistry remains a world-class institution.
The Rinehart Foundation provides financial resources to support scholarships, fellowships, professorships, professional development and projects that advance oral health. That translates to investments in nationally known research, updated facilities and cutting edge technology, recruitment of distinguished faculty and students, financial scholarships for students in need, service outreach projects, research assistance for faculty and graduate students and more.
The Rinehart Foundation also builds endowments for the School of Dentistry long-term success. Those endowments earnings and other resources yielded nearly $600,000 in scholarships to UMKC dental and dental hygiene students, each year.
The foundation’s namesake, Dr. Roy James Rinehart, is a guiding force. He served as school dean for 29 years (1928-1957). His vision and energy transformed the UMKC School of Dentistry into a nationally recognized institution. Rinehart’s philosophy formed the school’s bedrock for rigorous academics, respected research and supportive relationships among employees and students. He demanded high standards but garnered genuine respect from faculty, staff and civic leaders.
The foundation perpetuates Dr. Rinehart’s legacy and ensures the UMKC School of Dentistry is among the elite dental schools for generations to come.
The mission of the Dr. Roy J. Rinehart Memorial Foundation is to raise and provide financial resources for UMKC School of Dentistry to support students primarily through scholarships, faculty and staff primarily through endowments and professional development, and other strategic programs of interest as voted by the Board of Directors of the Rinehart Foundation.