Scholarships and Loans

Open Scholarships & Loan Repayment Programs

Check back often for the latest information on open scholarship opportunities and loan repayment programs.

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  • 3 DDS Scholarships now open!
     DDS Scholarships Now Open 

    Bakdash, Bandt, Stafne Scholarship — $2,500
    Tom Grams Memorial Award — $2,000
    Maria R. Pintado Scholarship — $1,000

    ​ The above three scholarships do not require a faculty nomination; any eligible student may apply. Applications are open to University of Minnesota School of Dentistry students currently in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year (as of Spring semester); additional eligibility requirements vary by award.
    Complete the online application: Eligibility requirements and essay guidelines are detailed in this form. You must be logged-in to your University account to view and submit the application. 
    May 25, 2016 
    I'm happy to help! Please contact me.
    Kari Volkmann-Carlsen, M.S. 
    Student Support Services Associate
    School of Dentistry | Office of Student Affairs | 
    15-106 Moos Tower | 515 Delaware St. SE
    University of Minnesota | | 612-625-8947
  • 2016 NHSC Now Accepting Applications!

    NHSC Scholarship Program now accepting applications through April 28, 2016, 6:30 Central time. 

    The 2016 Application and Program guide has the detailed information you need to apply.  Please read carefully before you start your Scholarship Program application.

    You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:

    • Physicians (MD or DO)
    • Dentists
    • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
    • Certified Nurse-Midwives
    • Physician Assistants

    The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

    Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that's right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility.

    Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

    The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. To learn more about how NHSC reviews applications and determines who receives a scholarship, please watch the short video below. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.


  • DDS & DH -WI Health Professions Loan Assistance Program

    Wisconsin dentists can receive up to $50,000, dental hygienists $25,000, in tax free awards to repay qualified education loans through the Health Professions Loan Assistance Program.   The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health manages this Program to assist underserved rural and urban communities to recruit and retain health care professionals.  These awards are available to providers who commit to work full time for three years in an underserved area.

    For full details click here.

    Visit their website at:

  • 2016 DMD Dental Education Loan Repayment for Service Program now accepting applications!

    Now accepting applications for the 2nd annual Minnesota Dentists Dental Education Loan Repayment for Service Program. For full details please click here or go to:

  • ADA grants & awards for dental student groups

    Check out these ADA grants and awards to dental school student groups that provide care to underserved populations in their own communities and around the world; and through Give Kids A Smile-related efforts.

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs: Dental and Dental Hygiene Students
  • ADEA's 2015 DDS & DH Loan Forgiveness Programs List

    Here is the most current (September 2015) summary of loan forgiveness programs for dentists and dental hygienists in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This summary was developed by the ADEA Advocacy and Governmental Relations Portfolio.

  • ADA Dental Student Loan Repayment Programs

    ADA student loan repayment programs and resources are available to newly practicing Dentists. The ADA has compiled these resources as a starting point for dental students and new dentists. View list.

  • ADEA's financial planning videos!

    As the new school year gets under way, we know that a critical part of all new students’ introduction to dental school includes managing their budgets, loans, and financial livelihood.

    ADEA has developed a set of videos to assist you in guiding your new students through financial planning. Paul Garrard, consultant and financial aid expert who works with ADEA, has recorded this presentation for the class of 2016. The presentation is broken into six parts for you to utilize as needed; the direct links are listed below and have also been included in the DenTube channel on

    Introduction: Key messages and important items to consider as you view the presentation.

    Part 1: Detailed look at actual out-of-pocket costs for dental school and the real cost of borrowing.

    Part 2: Important information about what you will be borrowing, terms and conditions, repayment examples, and why dental school graduates are well known for responsible repayment.

    Part 3: Changes to loan programs and things to keep on your radar screen during dental school that may impact your repayment strategy.

    Part 4: Relationship between student loans and credit, and how they can help you build a positive credit history.

    Part 5: Some common sense ways to keep on top of your borrowing during dental school and resources to help.

  • Air Force Scholarship Opportunity

    The Air Force is offering 3 and 4 year dental scholarships to U of M students who are accepted or enrolled in the DDS program. They also offer a Financial Assistance Program (FAP) for residents.

    The scholarship covers all books, fees, tuition, and equipment. The student would also receive a monthly stipend of a little over $2100.

    Please view the linked PDF for full details.

  • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship (DDS only)
  • ARMY Health Professions Scholarship Program

    The US Army offers one of the most generous and comprehensive Health Professions Scholarship Programs available.

    For eligible participants in the DDS program, the scholarship covers full tuition, health coverage, books and most fees plus it offers a monthly stipend of $2150+ (for 10.5 months each year).

    Please click here for full details and how to apply.

  • Delta Loan Repayment Program: Dedicated to Minnesota Dentists Program (DMD)

    The MN Delta Dental Foundation in partnership with the MN Dental Foundation just established a web site for the newly created loan repayment program for dentists.

  • Indian Health Services

    Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. IHS offers scholarships and loan forgiveness programs:

  • MN Army National Guard DENTAL Corps
    • Benefits for students in a DDS or DMD program
    • Money as a Dental Student Officer
    • Benefits as a licensed dentist

    Please see flyer for more information or contact CPT Jed Gadient at 651-281-3817

  • NHSC fact sheets and resources

    New Workforce Resources on NHSC Programs and Health Center Careers

    Developed with assistance from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), this fact sheet outlines the NHSC Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs, and addresses the most frequently asked questions from dental students, dentists and dental hygienists. This fact sheet is meant to spark interest in the programs and guide individuals on where to find more information.

    The NHSC Scholarship Program removes the burden of overwhelming educational debt, allowing health professions students to pursue their passion for primary care and serving the underserved.
    For each year of financial support (up to four years) a Scholarship recipient serves one year (minimum two years) in an NHSC-approved site in high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities across the nation.
    Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend (taxable).
    All students applying to the program must be a U.S. citizen or national and enrolled or accepted in an eligible degree program at a U.S. accredited school in Medicine: MD or DO; Dentistry: DMD or DDS; Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Family, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, or Women’s health); Certified Nurse-Midwife; and Physician Assistant.

    As in previous years, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program will be competitive. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, the NHSC will continue to prioritize applicants who are from a disadvantaged background and applicants who demonstrate a commitment to continuing to serve communities of need after their service to the NHSC is complete.

    To help students become more familiar with the diverse and rewarding opportunities a Health Center career has to offer, this list of FAQs describes the characteristics of a Health Center, types of dental procedures performed, reflections from NNOHA members, and more!

    To access both resources, please visit the Publications tab (Reports and Fact Sheets section) of our website.

    • In addition, we have a Job Bank for dental safety-net vacancies across the country! Graduating students may find our Job Bank helpful during their job search.

    For any questions regarding these fact sheets or other NNOHA publications, please contact


  • North Dakota Loan Repayment Programs (DDS only)

    Receive up to $80,000 to repay educational loans by practicing for four years in a selected community or communities through the North Dakota Loan Repayment Program

    For State funded opportunities see the latest 2013 brochure! 

    Mary Amundson, MA, Assistant Professor
    Primary Care Office & Interprofessional Education
    University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
    Department of Family & Community Medicine
    501 North Columbia Road - Stop 9037
    Grand Forks, ND 58202
    Phone 701.777.4018; Fax 701.777.3849

  • Public Health Scholarships Resources

    Public Health Online, a non-commercial organization, is chartered with providing community resources for public health and healthcare careers and education.

    Their team recently produced a no-cost, non-commercial, scholarship and financial aid guide for students seeking out degrees in Public Health and other Healthcare specialties. It can be difficult for students to locate specific consolidated resources for scholarships and financial aid that are specific to their major/concentration. Their guide provides unique value by helping students identify health related scholarship opportunities across several health categories by a variety of sources in one easy to use page.

    They are working diligently on their mission to get free public resources into the hands of future and current students.

    Click on these links for access to their resource guide:
    -Scholarship guide:

  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholarship

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the SMSC. The scholarship is utilized to recruit and retain talented American Indian students who are enrolled or are eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or are identified as American Indian by the Indian Education Act.

    The SMSC created the scholarship to support incoming University of Minnesota freshmen and transfer students with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines.

    Scholarship Awards

    Scholarships are issued on the basis of need and the availability of funds. The amount of each scholarship will vary dependent on an individual’s demonstrated need and other awards received by the scholarship applicant.

    Scholarship amounts will be divided evenly over the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until graduation (whichever comes first) for undergraduates. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon the degree program and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    To maintain funding, undergraduate SMSC Scholars must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Graduate and professional SMSC Scholars must be registered full-time and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for renewal. In addition, merit awards of $500 are given each fall to undergraduate scholars who maintain a 3.0 or above grade point average.

    For more information about the SMSC scholarship program, please contact Ralph Blanco, Office for Equity and Diversity, at

  • South Dakota State Loan Repayment Program

    The South Dakota State Loan Repayment Program provides for the repayment of qualifying educational loans for health professionals. In return, the health professional commits to fulfill a service obligation in an eligible practice site within a federally designated health professional shortage area (HPSA) for a minimum of two years.

  • U.S. Army Civilian Dental Corps

    Benefit packages in the civilian corps may include tuition reimbursement.

  • Wisconsin Health Professions Loan Assistance Program

    Wisconsin Health Professions Loan Assistance Program

    Direct link to Dental Professions info:

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