The following is a list of scholarships available to students enrolled in our program. Please be sure to review application deadlines and other eligibility details specific to the scholarships you are interested in applying for. Applications for these scholarships can be accessed from Dental Hygiene’s Financial Support and Scholarships Web Page.


Amy Hollingsworth-Blasi Association Scholarship

This scholarship is for dental hygiene students entering the 2nd year of the program. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum of 2.75 overall GPA
  • Full-time, 2nd year student in entry level program

SCHOLARSHIP BACKGROUND

Amy was born August 3, 1967, the middle of five children. Manhattan, Kansas was home where she graduated from high school in 1986 after four years filled with studies, sports, and friendships. Completing three years at Kansas State University, Amy pursued her interest in the dental field. Her decision came as little surprise, as she spent many summers assisting her dad, Dr. Jack Hollingsworth, a dentist. After earning her dental assisting diploma, she worked briefly before entering Wichita State University’s Dental Hygiene program. Always an advocate for her program and school, she was quick and enthusiastic when explaining her career.

As part of its yearly tradition, the WSU Dental Hygiene Department honored her as the top clinical student by presenting her with the Golden Scaler Award. She was a member of the graduating class in Spring, 1999. She married, moved into their new home in Wichita and continued her dental hygiene career. Amy’s zest for life was the basis of her every day. Above all, Amy was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt and godmother. She died July 24, 2003 and this scholarship was established by her family in her memory.

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College of Health Professions Departmental Scholarship

The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • Complete application
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Be admitted in the professional program

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Diane E. Huntley Scholarship

This scholarship is for dental hygiene students entering the 2nd year of the program. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum of 2.75 GPA
  • Current member of SADHA who is actively in professional activities, community service, and exhibits a high quality of patient-centered care.
  • Must attach a one page paper explaining their concept of patient-centered care and their involvement in their professional organization and community service.

SCHOLARSHIP BACKGROUND

Dr. Huntley, an associate professor of dental hygiene at WSU, came to campus in Fall, 1976. She had associate and bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport (Conn.). Her Ph.D. from Kansas State University was in adult and occupational education. She was a Bender’s of Twigs (honoring employees with 25+ years of service) at WSU and had received a teaching award from the Academy for Effective Teaching. She was a member of the American Dental Education Association; the American, Kansas and Wichita Dental Hygienists’ Associations, and was a former editor of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. She established this scholarship in 2009 because of her belief in supporting students and her desire to leave a legacy at an institution where she spent most of her career. Dr. Huntley passed away in 2010 after 34 years of teaching in the program.

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Junetta M. French Everett RDH, BSDH Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time dental hygiene students entering the 1st year of the program with preference given to African Americans and Hispanics. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time dental hygiene student in 1st year of the program
  • Preference to African Americans and Hispanics
  • Must intend to practice dental hygiene at least three days a week in Kansas continuously for at least two years immediately following completion of the program and sign a document attesting to this intention.
  • Must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA

SCHOLARSHIP BACKGROUND

Junetta French Everett is a 1979 graduate of the Wichita State University Dental Hygiene Program. Obtaining her bachelor of science in dental hygiene, Junetta is proud of the fact that she is the first African American to graduate from the program. She practiced for nine years as a registered dental hygienist and was then able to utilize her degree in the corporate world. In 1987, she accepted a position at Delta Dental of Kansas, the largest Kansas based dental insurance company, where she was promoted to and still serves as vice president of professional relations. Some responsibilities include network development, contracting, compliance, strategy and training on a local and national basis, among others.

Junetta remains involved in the community, serving on several boards including the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Health Foundation, Kansas Children's Service League, Oral Health Kansas Dental Champions and various advisory committees and boards at WSU including the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board, the College of Health Profession Dean's Advisory Committee, the Alumni Association Board, and Shocker Athletic Scholarship organization where she served as president. In 2004 she was honored to be the commencement speaker for the WSU college of Health Professions. Everett also serves on the American Association of Dental Consultants as the only non-dentist and one of the primary contributors to the Kansas Mission of Mercy.

She was the initiator and coordinator of the P.A.N.D.A. (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness) program and coalition for the state of Kansas, a statewide program of public-private partnerships, established to educate dental professionals and others (including nurses, teachers, childcare providers, attorneys, parents and the general public) on how to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and was the recipient of the Governor's Exemplary Service Award for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Junetta was honored with a granite paver at Wichita State's "Plaza of Heroines" as a leader, mentor and friend for all she has done for her family, friends, company and the community. Demonstrating leadership, Everett was a member of Leadership Kansas and Kansas Leadership Center where she was recognized in the 2012 Journal Magazine for her service as a civic citizen.

Junetta is married to Victor Everett, State Farm Insurance agent, and they are the proud parents of five sons: Terrin (TJ), Taurean, Twins Tevan and Tevas and Tyrell. They have three grandchildren: Torin, Taryn and Tristan. Everett established this fund in 2013 in recognition of her desire to encourage professional excellence, promote quality care and support dental hygiene.

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Kansas Dental Hygienists' Association (KDHA) Scholarship

This scholarship is for dental hygiene students entering the 2nd year of the program. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA in Dental Hygiene
  • Professional involvement
  • Financial need
  • One page essay

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Kari Rinehart Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time dental hygiene students with preference to 2nd year students. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • Full time dental hygiene student, preference to 2nd year students
  • Financial need
  • 500 word essay

SCHOLARSHIP BACKGROUND

Kari Rinehart was born on October 3, 1988. Her identical twin sister was born two minutes later. The girls were inseparable; rarely seeing one without the other. Their smiles were contagious to all who came in contact with them. Kari spent her entire life as a resident of South Haven, KS, a small farming community. She was fortunate to have an exceptionally well rounded education, taking advantage of much that school had to offer. She excelled with the sports teams throughout high school, but she soon discovered her true passion was cross country. By the end of her high school career, Kari achieved the ultimate accomplishment as co-valedictorian of the 2007 graduating class.

As a cross country runner, she was recognized as a hard worker worthy of a scholarship to Cowley County Community College. At Cowley, she made the Dean’s Honor Roll and graduated Summa Cum Laude. After earning her Associates Degree in 2009, Kari was accepted and entered the WSU Dental Hygiene program where she also achieved Dean’s Honor Roll. Kari always knew that she wanted to help people, which is the main reason she chose dental hygiene. She loved being in the clinic and impacting lives through something she was so passionate about. Her patients always knew she truly enjoyed and excelled at her chosen career.

Kari had a true love of life and approached everything with a positive and contagious attitude. She was a very loving, caring, and generous young woman who truly cared about dental hygiene. This scholarship was started by her family to honor her memory and to aid another passionate student in their pursuit of a dental hygiene degree from WSU.

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Linda Branter/ Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for dental hygiene students entering the 2nd year of the program. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year

Eligibility:

  • Kansas resident from any county EXCEPT Sedgwick County.
  • Must have and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • Must intend to practice dental hygiene at least three days a week in Kansas continuously for at least two years immediately following completion of the program and sign a document attesting to this intention.

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Wichita Dental Hygienists' Association (WDHA) Scholarship

This scholarship is for either full-time entry level BSDH students or part-time degree completion BSDH students. The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of April each year.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Consideration to students who are members of SADHA
  • Consideration to students who submit a written statement of community involvement

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