Scholarships and awards

Scholarships, honors and awards

A number of scholarships are available for eligible Dental Hygiene students. Please contact the Division of Dental Hygiene at 612-625-3721 or Division Director Christine Blue at bluex005@umn.edu for more information.

Graduation honors
  • Graduation with Distinction/High Distinction

    Students with a minimum GPA of 3.75 University of Minnesota in upper division courses are granted their degree "with distinction." Students with a minimum GPA of 3.90 University of Minnesota in upper division courses are granted their degree "with high distinction."

Scholarships and awards

The following awards are presented annually by the program faculty to selected dental hygiene students.

  • Louise C. Ball Scholarship

    For selected students who are in good academic standing and have established financial need.

  • Ione M. Jackson Scholarship

    Established to honor Ione M. Jackson, former program director; awarded to a qualified graduate student who wishes to become a dental hygiene educator.

  • Shirley Burgan Lichtwardt Memorial Scholarship

    For selected students who are in good academic standing and have established financial need.

  • School of Dentistry Alumni Society Scholarship

    For selected students who exhibit scholarship and leadership.

  • Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship

    For entry-level Hispanic U.S. students who have been accepted into an accredited dental hygiene program.

  • Sigma Phi Alpha, Eta Chapter Membership

    National Dental Hygiene Honor Society established to recognize and honor excellence in scholarship, service, and character among graduating dental hygiene students. A maximum of 10 percent of each graduating class is selected for membership.

  • Sigma Phi Alpha Award

    Awarded to students in each dental hygiene class who maintain the highest GPAs.

  • Gordon and Marie Hackborn Dental Hygiene Scholarship

    This scholarship was established to honor Gordon and Marie Hackborn by their children, Richard Hackborn and Joan Hackborn Hoover, a 1959 graduate of the University of Minnesota Program in Dental Hygiene. The award is made to dental hygiene student who has demonstrated need and has achieved an average or above grade point average. (selected by faculty)

  • Park Dental Service Excellence Award

    This award is presented to students in recognition to commitment to quality patient care and service to the community. The award also recognizes the student who exhibits a true dental hygiene professional, who sees that the needs of the patient come first by providing excellent patient service, patient education, and relationship building. (selected by faculty)

  • Naomi Rhode Dental Hygienist-Patient Relationship Award

    For a selected student who exhibits the most interest and skill in the dental hygienist-patient relationship.

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