Dental Club: Promoting Dental Careers in
The Bureau of Oral Health has created a Dental Club for adolescent students from across Kansas to encourage them to pursue dentistry as a career and remain in Kansas to practice. Through this program students will have an excellent opportunity to explore the professional responsibilities of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dental related careers. As a result of being exposed to the dentistry world through this career catalyst program, the result should be a significant increase in the quantity and diversity of dental professionals from across the state.
There are many choices to make on the road to being a dental professional, and the Bureau of Oral Health will be there to help guide students through their journey!
- Exploration Activities
- Learn more about the field of dentistry through presentations by a dental professional
- Visits to dental labs to view the creation process
- Review different occupations involved in dentistry
- Hands-On Activities
- Shadowing a dental professional opportunities
- Internships at dental offices or clinics
- Summer employment possibilities
- Attend a Dental Camp during the summer at a local dental school
- College-Prep Activities
- Familiarize students with the college environment
- Tours of dental and hygiene schools students might be interested in
- Coach students on how to get into collegiate dental programs
- Pre-admission counseling
- Increase competitiveness for admission to dental programs and dental school
- Interact with dental students, faculty and administrators
Ellis Foundation Scholarship
Kansas high school senior interested in becoming a Dental Hygienist or Dentist can apply for an $8,000 scholarship! Our scholarship guidelines are as followed:
- Graduating Kansas high school senior (2011).
- Active Dental Club member or proactive student. Make sure to include in your application all Dental Club activities you have been involved in or any outside dental activities you have done on our own. If you have not participated in either, that’s fine too. Just remember those club members and proactive students will be higher on the list to receiving the scholarship.
- Meet minimum academic standards to enter a dental hygiene or dentistry program at the college level (minimum 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT).
- Intend to enter dentistry or dental hygiene as a career.
How to apply for the Ellis Foundation Scholarship
Applications are reviewed upon completion so the earlier you have it turned in, the better.
- Go www.TheEllisFoundation.org
- On the top of the page click on “Forms On-Line”
- Enter password (The password can be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Oral Health, 785-296-5116, or the Ellis Foundation directly, 620-223-2232).
- Under All Other High Schools, click on “Application”
- This will take you to the online application. You can either fill it out online or print a PDF copy and mail it directly to the Ellis office’s.
In order to complete your application you will need to know the following
- ACT composite score or SAT combined score
- Cumulative high school GPA – the application will ask for the GPA to include the spring semester of your senior year, but it has been okayed for you to enter your GPA through the fall semester and once spring grades come out your application can be updated.
- Your families adjusted gross income from 2010 year’s income tax return. (If your parents do not have their taxes done yet you can estimate on section IV)
- A 75 word essay as to why you want to be a recipient of the Ellis Foundation scholarship. Make sure to add any dental related activities you have been involved in this section.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 785-296-5116, KBOH@kdheks.gov. Also you can contact Matt at the Ellis office at 620-223-2232. Good luck!
If you would like more information about starting a Dental Club at your school, please contact us at 785-296-5116 or KBOH@kdheks.gov.