The Lawrence and Sally Cohen Endowed Scholarship Fund for Dental Hygiene

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The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation partners with the Benco Family Foundation to establish the new Lawrence and Sally Cohen Endowed Scholarship Fund for Dental Hygiene.

In recognition of Lawrence and Sally Cohen’s unwavering commitment, as well as their individual contributions to the Benco Family Foundation, and to the success of dentistry, Benco Family Foundation proudly introduces a dedicated scholarship program for deserving students beginning their careers in dental Hygiene. We extend profound gratitude to the Benco Family Foundation for providing a generous $1M Legacy gift, enabling scholarships to be available to dental hygiene students from underrepresented communities and backgrounds. This new endowment ensures that aspiring dental hygienists can receive up to $10,000 in scholarship assistance for years to come.

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Up to $10,000
in Scholarship Assistance

Applications Open April 1st and Close April 30th

The application for this scholarship can be accessed at the bottom of this page or through this link. Students will have from April 1st until April 30th to complete their application. After which, reviewers will review all applications, verify with the school, and then aim to notify all applicants of the outcome no later than July 15th.

Dental hygienists are vital members of the dental team and are more often than not the trusted partner between the patient and the dental office. Our application process is designed to aim greater accessibility to the dental hygiene profession, emphasizing its importance, while also identifying individuals who demonstrate unwavering passion and commitment to the industry.

Criteria & Guidelines

Before applying for the scholarship, all applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Been accepted into an in-person 2 year dental hygiene program – To be verified by the dental hygiene program
  • Have financial need – To be verified by the dental hygiene program
  • Are from underrepresented communities and backgrounds
  • Be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to dental hygiene
  • Complete the digital application

Thank You Benco Family Foundation

This DTA Foundation scholarship initiative is made possible by the Benco Family Foundation. The Benco Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in their local communities and around the world. Since 2005, the Benco Family Foundation has achieved this mission by supporting numerous oral health solutions and community organizations that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful. Several of those initiatives are still impacting communities to this day, and will continue for a very long time.

Some of these initiatives have included:

  • The UNCF’s first ever dental student scholarship for historically underrepresented minorities looking to start dental school.
  • A matched giving program with associates to support the United Way. They match every single dollar given from associates to the United Way, doubling the support and impact.
  • Partnerships with other major nonprofits
  • Global Smile Foundation
  • Lessons in a Lunchbox
  • Diversity in Dentistry
  • Medical Teams International
  • Virlanie Foundation

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