Institute for Oral Health

Graduate Scholarships

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered, please refer to specific scholarships for further requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a Graduate degree program in Dental Hygiene or accredited, degree studies related to the professional roles of the dental hygienist.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA)- please refer to the specific scholarship to which you are applying to find out the minimum require GPA
  • A student during the academic year for which you are applying. If you are graduating that same year, you are still eligible. Note that scholarship awards are distributed after July 1, so this may be a "reimbursement" check given to the student for their tuition/school expense already assumed during the school year.
  • Must be a professional or student member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).
  • Graduate students must hold an active dental hygiene license and hold the minimum of a baccalaureate degree

Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship
Education level pursuing: Graduate degree in dental hygiene or a related field
Maximum number of annual awards: 1
Award Amount: $1,000

Dr. Esther Wilkins Scholarship - Established by Dr. Esther Wilkins.
Education level pursuing: additional degree(s) neccessary for a career in dental hygiene education. Applicants must have completed an entry-level dental hygiene program. (Requires separate essay.)
Maximum number of annual awards: 1
Award Amount: $1,000

Sigma Phi Alpha Graduate Scholarship - 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.
Education level pursuing: Graduate degree
Maximum number of annual awards: 1
Award Amount: $1,000

Alice Hinchcliffe Williams, RDH, MS Graduate Merit Scholarship - Funded by the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association Foundation to honor their deceased colleague and benefactor who enabled establishment of the VDHA Foundation. The scholarship supports the part-time or full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in Dental Hygiene or in accredited studies related to the professional roles of the dental hygienist. While the applicant must possess an active DH license and Virginia residency, the degree seeking endeavor does not require the applicant to attend school within Virginia.
Regional limitation: Virginia resident, but may attend school outside of Virginia
Education level pursuing: Graduate degree in Dental Hygiene or accredited, degree studies related to the professional roles of the dental hygienist.
Maximum number of annual awards: 1
Award Amount: $1,500

Wilma Motley Memorial California Merit Scholarship - Applicants must demonstrate leadership experience in addition to meeting the minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. These scholarships will be awarded solely on merit and do not have a financial needs requirement.
Regional Limitation: Applicants must be either a resident of California or attend a dental hygiene program in California.
Education level pursuing: Associate/Certificate in dental hygiene, Baccalaureate degree, degree completion in dental hygiene, Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP), Master's or Doctorate degree in dental hygiene or related field.
Maximum number of annual awards: 3
Award Amount: $2,000

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