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University of Michigan Alums Make Generous Donation to Support Dental Hygiene Students

For Dolores and Chuck Kelly, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was not only where they earned their degrees, it was where they fell in love.

For Dolores (Dee) and Chuck Kelly, the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor was not only where they earned their degrees—hers in dental hygiene (class of 1951) and his a Doctor of Dental Science degree (class of 1953)—it was where they fell in love. So it is only fitting that the Traverse City couple recently announced the establishment of the Dolores and Charles Kelly Endowed Hygiene Student Scholarship Fund. The scholarships—for which students earning bachelor of dental hygiene degrees are eligible—are awarded based on academic performance and financial need. The first two recipients were announced during a reception in January. Chelsea Holladay and Alice Ou are the first to receive scholarships from the Dolores and Charles Kelly Endowed Hygiene Student Scholarship Fund. The awards were presented at a luncheon hosted by Janet Kinney, RDH, MS, director of the Dental Hygiene Program at U-M. The Kellys presented a $50,000 gift to the scholarship fund, from which two $1,250 awards will be presented to dental hygiene students each year.

“Our division is very grateful for the generous financial gift from the Kellys,” Kinney tells Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. “These funds will be used each year to support students who face raising costs of education, yet are determined to pursue their degrees in dental hygiene.” Kinney adds that, “The Kellys are devoted alumni dedicated to helping develop the next generation of dental hygienists.”

From Dimensions of Dental HygieneMarch 2017;15(3):17. 

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