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Links to 72 Available Dental Scholarships

If you are a dental student of any sort you know exactly how expensive your education can be. Fortunately, there are also a tremendous number of scholarships out there that are available to students pursuing a career as a dentist or in a dental related field. Below, we’ve collected a list of 72 different scholarships with information on the value of the scholarship and links to more information and how to apply.

ScholarshipDescription
Absolute Dental’s Dentists of the Future Scholarship$2,000; Scholarship is awarded to a full–time student who is pursuing a career in dentistry, demonstrates financial need and has at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference given to residents of Nevada.
 ADA Minority Scholarship Program$2,000; Designed for African–American, Hispanic and Native–American dental students.
ADEA Preventive Dentistry Scholarships$2,500; Twelve $2,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2018 to support pre–doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in preventive dentistry.
ADEA/Crest Oral–B Laboratories Scholarships for Dental Hygiene Students$3,000; Two $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to support dental hygiene students pursing academic careers.
ADEA/Crest Oral–B Laboratories Scholarships for Predoctoral Dental Students$5,500; Two $5,500 scholarships will be awarded to support pre–doctoral dental students who have an interest in academic careers.
 ADEA/Sigma Phi Alpha Linda DeVore Scholarship$1,000; One awarded to support an individual studying dental education at the baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree level.
Alice Hinchclifee Williams, RDH, MS Graduate Merit Scholarship$1,380; Supports full–time student pursing a graduate degree in dental hygiene or related field. Must have Virginia residency.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association Institute Scholarship ProgramVaries ; Dental hygiene students who have completed a minimum of one year in a dental hygiene program, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need of at least $1,380 are eligible.
 Andrew Abel Dental Scholarship FundScholarship is awarded to dental students who require financial assistance and achieve excellence in academics or an accredited clinical program.
Barbara Cancilla Dental Assisting ScholarshipVaries; Will be awarded to students enrolled in the dental assisting program at College of Marin.
Bay County Dental Auxiliary ScholarshipVaries; Open to full–time dental students, dental hygiene students, dental auxiliary (assistant) students and dental technology students.
Bernhart Dental Assisting ScholarshipVaries; Will be awarded to students enrolled in the dental assisting program at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Bill & Helen Sheridan ScholarshipVaries; This scholarship is for a sophomore enrolled in Dental Hygiene. Eligible candidates must maintain a 2.5 or greater GPA.
Coastal District Dental Society ScholarshipMust be a South Carolina resident and have completed one semester of Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting courses with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” Minority ScholarshipsVaries; Scholarships are awarded to members of minority groups currently underrepresented in dental hygiene programs at the certificate or Associate educational level.
Concord Dental Society Scholarship Grant awarded to students who are enrolled in Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting at NHTI.
   Crest Oral–B Laboratories Dental Hygiene Scholarships Sponsored by P&G, two scholarships are awarded to students at the baccalaureate degree level who demonstrate professional excellence, quality research, and support dental hygiene through education.
DDSRank Dental Scholarship$500; Awarded to U.S. residents who are studying to be a dentist or dental hygienist who is passionate about dental health along with technology and the internet. Must be enrolled in high school (seniors) college, or graduate level.
Dr. Bill Schumann ScholarshipVaries; Scholarship will be awarded to dental students who are in their fourth year at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, a member of the American Student Dental Association and plan to practice in Michigan upon graduation from dental school.
Dr. Esther Wilkins Scholarship $1000; Education level pursuing: additional degree(s) necessary for a career in dental hygiene education. Applicants must have completed an entry–level dental hygiene program
Dr. Nicholas J. Piergrossi Memorial Scholarship$1000; Scholarship is awarded to a first–year student attending the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Applicant must be a Connecticut resident, demonstrate financial need and exhibit academic excellence
Dr. Ray Gist Student Leadership/Scholarship FundVaries; The funds for this scholarship were made available by Dr. Raymond Gist, a former president of the MDA, and is intended to be awarded to dental students who felt under–represented demographically at the University of Michigan or University of Detroit Mercy. Students should be enrolled full–time and in their 3rd or 4th year of the dental program.
Fetner–Hartigan Dental Scholarship$380; Must be enrolled in the second year of Dental Hygiene Program and have minimum 2.5 GPA. Must also be a Florida resident with one letter of recommendation from a professional in the medical/dental field.
Floyd R. Neff Scholarship Varies; Students must be enrolled in the dental assisting, dental hygiene or dental laboratory technology program at IPFW and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicant must display leadership, initiative and financial need.
Foundation of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Master Clinician Program ScholarshipsFive scholarships awarded for their Master Clinician Program. Priority for selecting the candidates in their program is first given to those candidates who want to enroll as faculty members in either a dental school or a residency program in United States.
 Gay King Dental Hygiene Scholarship 1000 Student must be enrolled full–time and in their third or fourth year of the dental hygiene program at Florida State College and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Applicant should be prepared to send in two letters of recommendation, a one page essay, and demonstrate financial need. Additionally the applicant must attend three local dental hygiene meetings.
Genesee District Dental Society Fund ScholarshipVaries; Provided by the Genesee County Dental Society, students from Genesee County who are in dental hygiene or assisting programs in any ADA accredited school in Michigan may apply. The student should be in their 4th year of the undergraduate program, a member of the ADA and plan to practice in Michigan upon graduation from dental school.
George Bletsas ScholarshipVaries; This scholarship is in honor of MDA member Dr. George Bletas. To apply for this scholarship, students must be in enrolled full–time and in their third year of the undergraduate dental education program at Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (Villarreal) ScholarshipVaries; Scholarship is awarded to Hispanic U.S. student who has been accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited dental school or dental hygiene program. Applicant can be at any stage of the undergraduate program.
Hu–Friedy/Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarships$1000; The program awards recipients with the Hu–Friedy dental hygiene instruments of their choice, equivalent to a retail value of $1,000.
I. Henry Grant FundVaries; Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a SNDA member and in their junior year of dental school.
Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship1000; Awarded to graduate students in dental hygiene or a related field.
Jackson Family Scholarship Varies; Awarded to full–time or part–time students who are pursuing an education in dental hygiene or dental assisting. Applicant should demonstrate some financial need and be merit–based
Jerome Frederick Mancewicz Memorial Scholarship$2100; Awarded to a freshman student majoring in Pre–dental, pre–med or pre–pharmacy at Grand Rapids Community College. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, plan to enroll at a four–year college or university and have a part–time job.
John Dawe Dental Education FundVaries; Fund is awarded to a full–time student who is enrolled in the school of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, be a resident of the State of Hawaii, have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and attend an accredited 2 or 4 year college as an undergraduate or graduate student.
John G. Nolen ScholarshipVaries; Applicants must be in their third year of the undergraduate dental hygiene program at University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Johnson & Johnson Scholarship for Academic Excellence$1000; Two scholarships are reserved for students pursuing a Baccalaureate degree and three scholarships are designated for students pursuing a Certificate or Associate degree.
Joseph N. LeConte Memorial ScholarshipVaries; Scholarship is awarded to a full–time student in their junior or senior year enrolled in a pre–dental or pre–medical program. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach Scholarship$2000; Applicants will display a commitment to improving oral health within the geriatric population in addition to a cumulative grade point average equal to or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Requires separate essay.)
Katherine (Koester) & Jacob Kress Memorial ScholarshipVaries; This scholarship is awarded to a student endeavoring a degree in pre–medical or pre–dental.
Kenosha County Dental Society Scholarship$750; Applicants must have completed one full semester in dental assistant program; maintain high standards in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings, and exhibit leadership skills. Interest in the program, motivation, and involvement in college/community activities are also considerations in awarding this scholarship.
Louvenia Henderson Memorial Scholarship Varies; Awarded to a student at Mississippi State University who is enrolled in the pre–dental or pre–medicine programs and shows academic excellence.
LSC–Kingwood Dental Hygiene Endowment ScholarshipVaries; Applicant must be a second year student who has been accepted into the Dental Hygiene program at LSC–Kingwood and have completed at least 49 credit–hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
MDA Insurance & Financial Group ScholarshipVaries; Scholarship will be awarded to dental students who are in their fourth year at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a member of the American Student Dental Association and plan to practice in Michigan upon graduation from dental school.
Murray Memorial ScholarshipVaries; Awarded to a student enrolled in their second year at Monroe Community College in the dental hygiene or nursing program who displays superior academic achievement.
Nancy Kathryn O’Neil Memorial ScholarshipVaries; Scholarship is awarded to a full–time student with residency in Northshore area in Louisiana who is majoring in pre–dentistry, medicine or veterinary medicine.
National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate–Palmolive Scholarship$10000; Awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in dentistry, public health, administration, research or law. Applicant must be a member of NDA and be a underrepresented minority student.
Navy Health Services Collegiate Program Scholarship will be awarded to students attending Nova Southeastern University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and pursuing a degree in dentistry, optometrist, physician assistant, health care, physical therapist, environmental health specialist, industrial hygienist, or pharmacy. Applicant will be required to work as a military health officer upon graduation.
NDAF Dental Hygiene Scholarship$800; Scholarship is awarded to a student who is in financial need, has U.S. residency, in good academic standing, an SNDA member and have evidence of community service.
NDAF Dr. Bessie E. Delaney Scholarship$10000; Scholarship for post–graduate female students
NDAF Dr. Clifton & Lois Dummett Scholarship $10000; Established by Dr. Clifton & Lois Dummett to provide an award for academic excellence.
NDAF Dr. Jeseph L. Henry First Year Scholarship$2000; Student must be a first year graduate student with an undergrad GPA of 3.5. Applicant must also be a U.S. resident and have a letter of recommendation from an undergrad professor.
NDAF Pre–Doctoral Student Scholarship$1000; Student must be in financial need, be in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of dental program in good standing and must be a SNDA member.
Northeast Wisconsin Dental Assistant Association Scholarship Scholarship recipients must be in the last semester of study in the Dental Assistant program with a student membership in the American Dental Assistants Association. Criteria for scholarships awarded will be based on financial need, a 2.0 grade point average or above, attendance, and attitude
Pediatric Dentist of Tomorrow ScholarshipVaries; Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in any enrollment year at Tempe Downtown Phoenix Polytechnic West pursuing a career in dentistry. Applicant should be prepared to submit a 300–1,000 word essay
Pee Dee Distric Dental Society ScholarshipVaries; Pee Dee District Dental Society Scholarship awards scholarships for a Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant students residing in the Pee Dee area.
Renee Klein Dental Hygienist Scholarship Student must be entering their second year of the dental hygienist program at Florida State College and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Richard J. Schnell Memorial ScholarshipVaries; Awarded to an individual who has been accepted into or is enrolled in an ADA accredited dental or dental hygiene program or a graduate post–doctoral program in the U.S. Applicant must be a U.S. resident and demonstrate financial need.
Robert D. Mitus Scholarship ProgramVaries; Student must be enrolled full–time and in their final year of an accredited dental hygiene program in the State of Michigan. 3rd year students may also apply if they are in the undergraduate dental hygiene program at University of Michigan or University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.
School of Dental Medicine ScholarshipVaries; Applicant must attend the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, have at least one letter of recommendation, a one page personal statement and be a member of the Black/African–American race.
Sigma Phi Alpha Graduate Scholarship$1000; Awarded to an outstanding student pursuing a Graduate degree in dental hygiene or related field that is a potential future Sigma Phi Alpha member or a current member in good standing.
Smile Marketing Dental Scholarship$500; Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited dental school as a full–time student. Must sumbit a 500 word essay to be considered for this scholarship.
South Carolina Dental Association FoundationApplicant must be a South Carolina resident have completed one semester of dental hygiene or dental assisting courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0
Summers Memorial Dental Hygiene ScholarshipStudent must be enrolled full time as a Dental Hygiene student Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, submit one letter of recommendation from a member of the medical/dental field or a personal reference Applicant must also submit a short essay on the impact of cancer in their life Scholarship recipients will be required to attend a minimum of one community cancer related event within one year of receiving scholarship and attend the Northeast Florida Dental Hygiene Association
The Huntington Bank ScholarshipVaries; Applicants must be a Winter Park resident, a minority student, and pursuing one of the following programs at Valencia College: Dental Hygiene, emergency medical technology, or cardiovascular technology. Applicant must also have completed 16 credit–hours within 3 years and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
The Regents Health Care Scholarship for Medicine and DentistryVaries; Applicants must be a U.S. resident; a graduate student in an approved dental or medical school of New York enrolled full–time and upon graduation must agree to work one year in the State of New York upon graduation.
Washington County Dental Society Scholarships$1300; Scholarship awarded to a student who is enrolled at Portland Community College in a dental program. Applicant must be a resident of Washington County in Portland, Oregon.
Wayne County Dental Society ScholarshipVaries; Student must be enrolled full–time at Wayne Community College and in their second semester of the dental hygiene program and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Wilburn C. Hobgood ScholarshipVaries; Awarded to deserving student who is majoring in pre–dental, pre–med, biology or chemistry at the University of Arkansas.
William & Ora M. Ruliffson Memorial ScholarshipVaries; Awarded to a student who is enrolled in a pre–dental or pre–med program at Kansas State University.
Wilma Motley Memorial California Merit Scholarship $2000; Applicants must demonstrate leadership experience in addition to meeting the min GPA of 3.5. Must attend a dental program in California.
Woman’s Guild ScholarshipFour year partial scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits academic achievement. Applicant must be a freshman in their fall semester that is pursuing pre-dental, pre-med, physical therapy or physician assistant programs.
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