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Northwest Technical College awarded $50,000 grant for dental assisting scholarship program – Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji – The Delta Dental Foundation of Minnesota recently awarded Northwest Technical College $50,000 to launch the Delta Dental and Education Scholarship Program.

According to the release, the scholarship will support eligible underrepresented students by providing scholarships and mitigating living expenses for dental assistant students.

“The goal is to reduce barriers due to the cost of education, housing, travel costs and childcare expenses for dental assistant students,” NTC CEO Ashley Johnson said in the statement.

Extending through 2024, a total of $39,000 will be used for scholarships and supporting success dollars. Three students each academic year can apply for a $6,500 scholarship which includes $4,000 in scholarship funds and $2,500 in Student Success Funds that can be used for housing or other expenses.

The NTC Foundation will retain $10,000 to establish the Delta Dental Foundation and the Grant Partner Fund to extend the scholarship program in the future. The remaining $1,000 will be used for recruitment and marketing efforts.

The staff of NTC Admissions and the American Indian Resource Center will recruit area high school students who may be interested in the NTC Dental Assistance Program and will expand efforts to include Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth Nations throughout 2022.

“Fair hiring processes will be implemented to reach diverse demographics,” Johnson said. “Statewide recruitment efforts will also be ongoing.”

Expanding on NTC’s goal of providing scholarships, equipment, and program support, Johnson paused, “By building an endowment fund, we can continue to boost scholarship dollars for underserved populations indefinitely. The goal is to provide consistently better access to the Dental Assistance Program at Northwest Technical College”.

More information about NTC’s Dental Assistance Program can be found on the NTC website.

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