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University of Bridgeport receives $645,000 from Health Resources and Services Administration to help disadvantaged students

Leslie Geary
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The University of Bridgeport (UB) has been awarded $645,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the federal agency’s competitive grant program known as Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS).
 
The HRSA , a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds SDS grants to increase diversity in fields of health care by providing scholarships for financially needy students pursuing degrees in a range of disciplines relating but not limited to dentistry, public health, optometry, allopathic and osteopathic medicine, behavioral and mental health.

The HRSA grant was awarded $645,000 for the current year to provide scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled full-time at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree program, and the University is recommenced to receive $645,000 annually for the next three years. Eligible students may be awarded up to $15,000 annually.

Marcia H. Lorentzen, interim dean and director of clinical affairs at Fones School of Dental Hygiene said, "The HRSA grant is a great boost for students pursuing an education in dental hygiene. The cost of earning a dental hygiene degree is a major stumbling block for students who aspire to a career in dental hygiene at the baccalaureate level.
 
"Applicants to the program come from a variety of backgrounds and needs. Fones School and the UB admissions office look forward to reaching out to qualified applicants and current students with the desire to elevate their professional abilities at a bachelor degree level. The HRSA grant has been awarded a t perfect time as we prepare for celebrating the 100th anniversary of dental hygiene in 2013."

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu