Dental Hygiene Scholarships
What Types of Scholarships are there?
Dental Hygiene (as opposed to dentistry) does not fall under many college’s definition of a “medically related field” so there are only a handful of colleges or universities that offer scholarships to those studying dental hygiene. Therefore, most students studying to become dental hygienists are dependent on outside sources when looking for scholarships to finance their education.
Luckily, there are a number of scholarships offered by individual groups, foundations and organizations that will consider a student studying dental hygiene to be qualified for. In addition, there are a number of schools that are primarily for training dental hygienists, and those schools and training centers oftentimes offer individual scholarships based on a student’s aptitude and financial need.
Popular Dental Hygiene Scholarships
The American Dental Association offers a variety of scholarships for students studying fields related to dentistry. Scholarships for Dental Hygiene students are usually partial scholarships, and amounts vary by year, but they can be well worth your time to pursue.
The American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) offers annual scholarships for students pursuing a career in dental hygiene. Students must show academic proficiency and be able to demonstrate financial need. Other aspects, such as community involvement and extracurricular activities are taken into account.
An example of an individual endowment offered in memory of a particular person in the dental hygiene field is The Alice K. Weed Scholarship, an endowment for dental hygiene students who demonstrate leadership, community service and volunteer activities. Amounts awarded are usually under $1,000.
An example of a scholarship offered by a particular school that offers only courses in dentistry and dental hygiene is the Ceritos College of Dental Hygiene Scholarship Program. Students enrolling or planning to enroll in Ceritos College can apply for college specific scholarships that take into account financial need and other specifications.