Alice K. Weed Dental Hygiene Scholarship (Endowed)

Professor Alice K. Weed taught for twenty-four years in the Dental Hygiene Department of Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a student, Alice earned an A.S. in Dental Hygiene, a BS in Open Studies, and a MS in Health Science: Community Health, all at MSU. Upon her retirement in 1998, Alice established an endowment to further support Dental Hygiene Education at MSU.

Alice has been deemed a “mover and shaker” at establishing assistance to the underserved. During her tenure as a professor she implemented an annual externship to Native American reservations. Alice initiated the first partnerships between Dental Hygiene students and long-term care facilities. Students are able to provide a service and gain experience by providing free oral health care to nursing home residents. Alice also instigated a “special needs” class so students within her department would learn how to serve individuals with disabilities.

Alice pursued private funding to cover the cost of providing free health care in the community. She exemplifies service to mankind and has demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian contributions and achievements.

In keeping with her community service traditions, Alice established an endowment for dental hygiene students who share her same ideals: leadership, community service, and volunteer activities. Alice wishes to recognize these individuals with this particular award.

Students who receive an award will receive the funds in the fall semester, and are also invited to attend the CAHN Scholarship Banquet. Details of the event will be relayed to the recipient in the future.

Alice Weed Scholarship Criteria

Preference will be given to:
1. A licensed dental hygienist seeking a B.S. degree and is currently enrolled in the MSU-Mankato on-line degree program.
2. a licensed dental hygienist who is currently enrolled in an advanced degree program at MSU-Mankato
3. a junior dental hygiene student currently enrolled at MSU-Mankato who exhibits the spirit of community service.

Department of Dental Hygiene
Minnesota State University, Mankato
120 Clinical Sciences Building
Mankato, MN 56001

Up to $1,500
College of Allied Health and Nursing: Dental Hygiene
Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicant is to check appropriate criteria category (check appropriate category)
  2. How would you use the scholarship funds (check appropriate category)
  3. Dental Hygiene GPA
  4. Personal Statement Paper (You are required to pick one of the categories below and identify choice). Write a personal statement outlining how you would advance the profession of dental hygiene working in community dental health. (250 words minimum, 500 words maximum).
    • Dental Hygiene Education: Enriching educational experiences for the advancement of oral health in any dental hygiene instructional setting including classroom and clinical teaching, research, instructional mentoring, continuing education and field experience. Examples: working on advanced degree, teaching community oral health programs, community health research projects, leadership in community oral health education projects
    • Health Care Disparities: Improving access to quality oral health care, strengthening public health services and improving the availability and dissemination of oral health related information. Examples: Give Kids a Smile, Head Start, WIC, Early Childhood, Leadership in community oral health projects
  5. Attach a current copy of your DARS report.
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