Scholarships for Dental Students

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) – HRSA

For Dental Students interested in applying for the SDS scholarship please click here for more information.  This scholarship is NOT part of the UTHSCSA scholarship application.  If interested in applying, you must complete a separate application and documentation  as described in the link above.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DENTISTRY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT

Provide scholarships support to students deemed most appropriate by the Dental School.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

The American Journal of Dentistry provides peer-reviewed scientific articles with clinical significance for the general dentist.

CARUS DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT

Scholarship support to Jr/Sr. Pre-Doctoral Dental students in good academic standing,  In addition, the student should display attributes of a professional capable of entering a dental group practice, specifically including teamwork skills, clinical excellence and leadership.  Students should be nominated and voted on by faculty and peer students as part of the selection process.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Carus Dental is a corporate group practice based in the Austin area, with additional offices in Houston, San Marcos and Temple.  In 2002, the partners and employees of Carus Dental came together to contribute funds for a scholarship endowment here at the Dental School.

The leadership at Carus Dental, including President M. Ray Scott, DDS, Class of 1983, encourages all its employees to give back and they have proven successful at this over the past 10 years.  The Carus Dental Scholarship Endowment is for a third or fourth year student who has the characteristics of someone who would be successful in a group practice, including teamwork skills, clinical excellence and leadership.

In 2010, Carus Dental wanted to reward the dedication to advanced training displayed by the residents in our post-doctoral programs.  The Carus Dental Endowed Specialty Resident Award is given annually to a student in one of the following residency programs:  endodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry or periodontics.

 

C. A. MCMURRAY ENDOWMENT STUDENT LOAN FUND

Support student loans and scholarships to students.

 

CINDE D. JOHNSTON, D.D.S. ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship support based on financial need, with preference, if possible to incoming students from Sam Houston State University.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Cynthia D. Johnston was a member of the Dental School’s class of 1988.  She loved the profession of dentistry and was an enthusiastic and passionate proponent of the oral health care profession.  Cinde lost her battle with breast cancer in 1999 and at that time, members of the classes of 1987 and 1988 contributed funds to endow a scholarship in her name.

  

DAVID C. PRICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Provide scholarship support to dental students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance at the completion of their sophomore year.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

David C. Price graduated from Dental School in 1982.  Following his death in 1987, his parents, Robert B. and Rebecca C. Price established this scholarship endowment in his memory.

 

DENTAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND

Provide an annual award for top-ranked entering 1st year student as determined by the Dean of the Dental School.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

The Dental Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund was one of the first scholarships established in the Dental School.  The Dental School Alumni Association contributed $100,000 to endow this scholarship in 1998.

In 1989, 11 Dental School alumni established the Century Club for the UT Health Science Center Dental School, an organization that would eventually become the Dental School Alumni Association.  As a group, those 11 members, along with the school’s alumni raised over $200,000 for the benefit of students at the school.  Along with Dental Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund, three other scholarships were endowed: the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association Perpetual Honor Fund Endowment, the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association Scholarship Support Matching Fund and the Martha Wood/Dental School Alumni Association Student Scholarship Endowment.

 

DENTAL SCHOOL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The criteria for this award is that the scholarship be presented to a fourth-year student with a GPA higher than 2.75 who is a Texas resident with significant financial need.

  

DR. JOHN A. AUSTIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Provide scholarship support to 1st year dental students who are academically gifted Texas residents, with a demonstrated financial need. 

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Dr. John Austin

Dr. John A. Austin practiced dentistry in Amarillo, Texas for 25 years.  After a long and successful career in private practice, he embarked on a new one in dental education, joining our Dental School in 1983 as a faculty member in the Department of General Dentistry (now part of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry).  Dr. Austin showed a dedication to improving, then maintaining, good faculty/student relationships, a goal he worked toward as he served as Dean of Student Affairs from 1987 – 1989.

He was one of the few non-military career dentists at the school at that time and one of the few with actual private practice experience.  Dr. Austin loved his students and would do anything for them, from coming in early for tutoring sessions to staying late to meet with them about their concerns.  He felt that students should be treated with dignity and respect throughout their education and he helped to improve the lives of our students during his tenure.

 His love of dentistry was passed on to son, Dr. Joshua Austin, a 2006 graduate of the Dental School.

 

DR. JOHN R. PALMER, JR. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships to 1st year dental students with financial need and top 50% of their graduating class.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

This scholarship was established in 1984 Patricia Palmer-Hartley in honor of her husband, Dr. Palmer.

 

GREG TREIBS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Provide scholarship support to qualifying students with first preference to students from Gillespie County, second preference to students from A&M, and third preference to students enrolled at any of the schools at the Health Science Center.

  

JOHN CORNYN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT

Provide scholarship support to gifted dental students with financial need.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

John Cornyn II was a member of the founding faculty of the Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.  A native Texan, he was a knowledgeable and well-respected professor in oral pathology with a dry wit and great wisdom.

Dr. Cornyn was a B-17 pilot in World War II and served in the Air Force for 31 years.  After retiring, he entered a second career in dental education.  He is the father of Texas Senator John Cornyn.

 

MARTHA WOOD SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Scholarship support to worthy dental students who are residents of Texas and who demonstrate financial need.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

In 1999, Mr. Herbert Pearce donated $100,000 to the Dental School to establish the Martha Wood Scholarship Fund in honor of his wife.  Dr. Wood was the longtime executive assistant to Health Science Center Presidents Frank Harrison, M.D., Ph.D., and John P. Howe, III, M.D., before retiring in 1997.

Mr. Pearce passed away in 2011 but while he was alive, they enjoyed coming to San Antonio each year to meet and visit with their student recipients.

 

MARTHA WOOD/DENTAL SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT

Scholarship support to students who are Texas residents and demonstrate academic excellence.  Selection at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Dental School Scholarship Committee.  The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Dental School Scholarship Committee have discretion to divide available funds into multiple awards.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Martha W. Wood, PhD, a former Health Science Center administrator who served as interim dean of the Dental School from 1981 to 1983, her late husband, Herbert H. Pearce, and the Dental School Alumni Association established The Martha Wood/DSAA Student Scholarship Endowment to support student scholarships at the UTHSCSA Dental School.

“Education is the future of our country,” Pearce said at the time the endowment was established in 2004. “We are glad to find students who are worthy of supporting in this way.”
The Connecticut couple donated two-thirds of the endowment and the Dental School Alumni Association donated the remaining third.

 

MOLLIE BLAKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT

Provide scholarship support to students deemed most appropriate by the dental school.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Mollie Blake was a third year dental student when she passed away in 1980.  Her classmates, friends and family established this scholarship in her memory.

 

OMICRON KAPPA UPSILON SCHOLARSHIP FUND

 (coming soon)

 

RICHARD H. CARR, JR., DDS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship awards to 3rd and 4th year dental students based on community service activities, GPA and financial need.

In addition the student should meet the following criteria:

  1. a) Essay; b) 50% financial need; c) 40% service activities; d)10% GPA.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Dr. Richard Carr is one of the founding faculty members of the Dental School.  Not only did he come to San Antonio as a faculty member in 1970, he served the school and its students as Associate Dean for Student Affairs until is retirement in 1997.

 

ROBERT A. DALE, DDS ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Support Dental School Pre-Doctoral student scholarships.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Dr. Bob Dale was a distinguished faculty member at the Dental School.  When he died in 2004, family and friends raised funds in his memory to benefit a scholarship within the in the school.  He is remembered for his dedication to the dental profession and to the students that he mentored during his time as a professor.

SHANE EPPERSON ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Dental School Office of Student Affairs and/or the Dean of the Dental School with preference given to students who meet the following criteria:  a) current or former enlisted member of the US Armed Forces; b) applicant was or is a Texas resident; c) minimum 3.5 GPA.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

The Shane Epperson Endowed Memorial Scholarship was created in 2012 to provide scholarship assistance to members of the United States Armed Forces. The scholarship is awarded to current or former enlisted members of the US Armed Forces who are Texas residents and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 as an undergraduate student.

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This scholarship was established in memory of Petty Officer Second Class Shane A. Epperson, a young man who grew up in Ingleside, TX and enlisted in the Navy in 2005.  While Mr. Epperson excelled in the Navy, earning the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, his ultimate goal was to enroll in the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School and become an oral health care professional. Sadly for us, and all his family and friends, Shane passed away in 2009 at the age of 21 before having the chance to come to school here in San Antonio.

As it was Shane’s dream to become a student here in the Dental School, his close friend, Petty Officer First Class Brian W. Chase, donated funds for a scholarship in Shane’s name. In March 2012, Brian’s gift of $10,000 was made to the Dental School and the Shane Epperson Endowed Memorial Scholarship was established.

STACY WENDELL CLAPP, JR. SCHOLARSHIP FUND

To provide scholarships, fellowships or loans for worthy dental students.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

Dr. Clapp was an adjunct faculty member in the Dental School who went on to endow, through his estate, the largest scholarship in the school.  Each year, approximately 45 students receive nearly $145,000 in scholarship funding.

Dr. Clapp once remarked, “It is my hope, by the establishment of this fund, to provide the financial aid necessary so future generations of young men and women will have the opportunity to receive an education at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Dental School so they might be able to serve humanity and the dental profession.”

Dr. Clapp graduated in 1935 from University of California Dental School and served in the U.S. Army for more than 27 years. Dr. Clapp served as an adjunct faculty member of the Health Science Center’s Dental School and the Medical Field School at Fort Sam Houston. In 1968, Dr. Clapp retired with the rank of colonel and Third Army Dental Surgeon stationed at Fort McPherson, Georgia, and moved to San Antonio.

 

THE ALLIANCE OF THE TEXAS DENTAL ASSOCIATION ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Support scholarships to 3rd year (Junior) students registered in the Doctor Dental School Degree Program; who are residing in Texas based on immediate financial need.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

The Alliance of the TDA is an organization that provides support for the spouses of Texas Dental Association members through education, fellowship, and service. They also work to foster the positive image of organized dentistry, working in partnership with the Texas Dental Association.  The Alliance was formed in 1930 and since then has worked to foster and support dental health education.

With the establishment of this scholarship in 2007, the Alliance has helped to ease the burden of expense associated with attaining a DDS degree.  In addition, scholarship recipients are invited to the Alliance’s annual luncheon at the TDA Annual Meeting, giving both the Alliance members and the students a chance to meet in person and learn more about each other.

 

TOM SHARP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

For an annual award to the student(s) who score the highest grade in legal jurisprudence course.

Split (shared) scholarship – not on rotation

 

UTHSCSA DENTAL SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PERPETUAL HONOR FUND ENDOWMENT

Primary purpose of the endowment is to support student scholarships at UTHSCSA Dental School with funds distributed from this endowment to be directed by the Dental School Alumni Association through the organization’s Board of Directors. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, single scholarships, multiple scholarships, new scholarships, or enhancing existing scholarships. Scholarship/award recipient selection shall be the responsibility of the Dental School based upon the best interests of the institutions and the students.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

The Dental Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund was one of the first scholarships established in the Dental School.  The Dental School Alumni Association contributed $100,000 to endow this scholarship in 1998.

In 1989, 11 Dental School alumni established the Century Club for the UT Health Science Center Dental School, an organization that would eventually become the Dental School Alumni Association.  As a group, those 11 members, along with the school’s alumni raised over $200,000 for the benefit of students at the school.  Along with Dental Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund, three other scholarships were endowed: the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association Perpetual Honor Fund Endowment, the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association Scholarship Support Matching Fund and the Martha Wood/Dental School Alumni Association Student Scholarship Endowment.

 

UTHSCSA DENTAL SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT MATCHING FUND

Primary purpose of the endowment is to support student scholarships at UTHSCSA Dental School with funds distributed from this endowment to be directed by the Dental School Alumni Association through the organization’s Board of Directors. Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, single scholarships, multiple scholarships, new scholarships, or enhancing existing scholarships. The award selection shall be the responsibility of the Dental School based upon the best interests of the institution and the students.

BENEFACTOR BACKGROUND

The Dental Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund was one of the first scholarships established in the Dental School.  The Dental School Alumni Association contributed $100,000 to endow this scholarship in 1998.

In 1989, 11 Dental School alumni established the Century Club for the UT Health Science Center Dental School, an organization that would eventually become the Dental School Alumni Association.  As a group, those 11 members, along with the school’s alumni raised over $200,000 for the benefit of students at the school.  Along with Dental Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund, three other scholarships were endowed: the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association Perpetual Honor Fund Endowment, the UTHSCSA Dental School Alumni Association Scholarship Support Matching Fund and the Martha Wood/Dental School Alumni Association Student Scholarship Endowment.

 

ADA FOUNDATION

The ADA Foundation works to improve the public’s oral health through a variety of grants, scholarships, and awards that support oral health education programs.  For more organization details and scholarships listing, click here.