Scholarship Assistance

Scholarship opportunities are a great way to help minimize student loan debt. In addition to internal scholarships, reach out to your local community to find additional scholarship opportunities.

The following scholarships have been made possible by generous alumni and friends of the School.  Applications are open to current students annually in September via the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management.

Student Scholarship Opportunities




Alumni Scholarship


Awarded by Alumni Board Scholarship Committee

Charles Defever Scholarship

DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4

Resident of Michigan at the top of their class in microbiology and bio-medical sciences courses.

Cooper Dental Scholarship

DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4

Minority students who have mentored pre-dental applicants and/or participated in recruitment/retention activities for minority students.

Dean's Circle Scholarship


DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4
DH1, DH2


Dental or current Dental hygiene students currently enrolled at Detroit Mercy Dental, as identified by the University’s Admissions and Financial Aid Staff.  Students must be in good academic standing.  Students demonstrating leadership within their class, organizations or the School.  Open to Canadian students.

Delta Dental Fund




Awarded to two DS1 students annually based on pre-dental academic performance and admissions committee recommendations.  Available to students demonstrating financial need.  Awardee receives scholarship for four years (total of $4,000).

Delmer H. Eichler Scholarship Fund

DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4

Students demonstrating academic or other merit according to the guidelines established by the Dean, as well as financial need. Open to Canadian students.

Elias Floyd Delta Sigma Delta Scholarship

DS3, DS4

Students belonging to Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity, demonstrating a financial need.  Recipient must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Hoban Memorial Scholarship

DS3, DH2    

Students who demonstrate financial need.  Third-year dental students or second-year dental hygiene students balancing professional studies and family responsibilities. 

Kinra Family Endowed Scholarship

DS3, DS4

Students who are in good academic standing and show interest in endodontics.

Lawrence Cotman Expendible Scholarship




Students who have a GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate financial need.

Mosely Dental Scholarship

DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4   

Recipient must be full or part time student of African American descent demonstrating financial need.  Open to Canadian students.

Stricker Endowed Scholarship




Students demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills with patients, colleagues and staff, clinical skills and professional demeanor.

*All recipients must be School of Dentistry students in good standing and US citizens or permanent residents, unless otherwise stated in criteria profile.

Alumni and friends interested in making a gift in the form of a scholarship or in starting a named scholarship can contact our Development Office: 313-494-6927 

Dean’s Circle gifts may be made online.

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    Armed Forces

    Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarships  (HPSP)

    The U.S. Armed Forces offer scholarships to dental students that pay tuition, fees, books and a monthly stipend. All are highly competitive programs. The active duty obligation is one year of service for each year of scholarship support with a minimum of three years of active duty service. Scholarships are available annually from all service branches. For information, contact the individual branches of service.

    Armed Forces Scholarship Opportunities



    Air Force

    Rafael Diaz
    Staff Sergeant

    Donna N. Bradley
    Lt. Commander, USN

    Kevin Harvey
    Technical Sergeant, USAF

    3 Park Lane Blvd.
    Suite #408W
    Dearborn, MI 48126

    2500 Packard Rd.
    Suite #201A
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    2500 Packard Rd.
    Suite 208
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Office: 313-441-1673
    Fax: 313-441-1742

    Office: 734-677-4580
    Fax: 734-677-4578

    Office: 734-677-2716
    Fax: (734-677-0930


    Federally Funded Scholarships

    National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

    Dental students may compete for NHSC scholarships beginning in their sophomore and junior years. The program offers payment of tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment and includes a monthly stipend. In exchange, recipients must agree to provide oral health services for a minimum of two years in any underserved community identified by the NHSC as being a critical need area. For more information, call NHSC, (800) 221-9393.

    Financial Aid For Minority Students

    In addition to the usual sources of financial aid, there are grants or scholarships which have been established to assist underrepresented minority dental students.  For more information, please contact the UDMSOD Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 313-494-6957.

    Minority Dental Student Scholarship

    Students awarded funds under this program may receive up to $2,500 for their second year. Up to 25 awards are made annually. Applications must be obtained from and submitted at UDMSOD. Additional information for application eligibility may be obtained through the American Dental Association

    *Applications and all supporting documentation must be postmarked no later than June 1. Notification of funding decisions will be made after December 31.

    National Institute Of Dental And Craniofacial Research (Nidcr) Short-Term Training Awards

    This program provides underrepresented minority and women dental students an opportunity to obtain research experience during their professional training. Recipients receive a monthly stipend during training periods. Applicants must be enrolled at a U.S. dental school and be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national of the U.S., or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. For more information, contact NIDCR at (301) 594-7617.