The Iowa Dental Foundation was formed as a non-profit public foundation by members of the Iowa Dental Association to benefit the general public.

One of the specific purposes of the Foundation is the granting of scholarships to individuals seeking education or further education in the fields of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, or dental lab technician in an Iowa accredited program. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of character and financial need of the applicant and will be awarded without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or physical handicap.

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The total number of scholarships awarded and their amounts vary each year.

  • D3 Dental Students: $2,500-$5,000
  • Dental Hygiene Students: $500-$750
  • Dental Assistant Students: $500-$750 
  • Dental Lab Technician Students: $500-$750

Completed applications are due by March 31, with notifications of application status no later than June 30.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Alondra Hernandez 

Makenna Hoffman

About Makenna

My name is Makenna Hoffman, and I am eager to be starting the Dental Hygiene program at Iowa Central this fall. I have been a dental assistant for almost three years, since my senior year of high school. I was fortunate enough to gain experience in the field at a dental office in my hometown, Carroll. Experience as an assistant has solidified my interest in dentistry and motivated me to further my education toward a dental hygiene degree.

Being a recipient of the Iowa Dental Foundation Scholarship helps relieve some of the financial burden that comes with pursuing a college education. I am thankful for the generosity of the IDF and that they were so gracious to award me with a scholarship this year. I am excited to begin the journey of dental hygiene school this fall!

Daphne Hoefler 

Sara Saey 

Saadi Sarmad 

Jessica Wesbrook

Past Recipients