Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Kansas Dental Hygienist's Association Scholarship

In 1992, Renee Arnett, a former dental hygiene instructor and chair of the Kansas Dental Hygienist Association's (KDHA) Ways and Means Committee, initiated fund-raising efforts to create a scholarship at Wichita State University. Two years later, the Kansas Dental Hygienist's Association Scholarship was established for full-time students in the professional portion of the dental hygienist's program in the College of Health Professions. The KDHA is continuing to further its mission of ensuring access to quality oral health care, educating about prevention and exceeding industry standards while “representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists,” by way of their scholarship. The scholarship is for seniors who have demonstrated professional involvement, academic achievement and who are in need of financial relief.