The School of Dentistry presents numerous awards, honors and scholarships to students during the academic year. These awards are presented during special school events, including graduation, Student Clinic Day and the Senior Gala. Students who excel in scholarship and leadership also may be eligible for membership in university or school honor societies. In addition, students who meet established criteria may be eligible for scholarships or election to membership in organizations related to dentistry.
Omicron Kappa Upsilon is the national honorary dental society. Each year the society selects those students who, in addition to scholarship, have demonstrated exemplary traits of character and potential qualities of future professional growth and attainments.
Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship. It accepts members from applied and professional fields of study, as well as from letters, arts, sciences and humanities. The VCU chapter was installed in 1977.
Alpha Omega Scholarship Award is presented to the graduating student who has attained the highest scholastic rating for his/her four years of dental study.
Harry Lyons Scholarship Award is awarded to the graduating senior dental student who has attained the highest grade-point average for his/her four years of dental school.
A. D. Williams Foundation Award is an annual stipend made to a student in each class who demonstrates, by virtue of high scholastic attainment and professional performance, unusual promise and ability. Character, motivation, intellectual curiosity and realization of the opportunities for intellectual development will be considered in the award, which is made at the end of the academic year.
O.M. Clough Award is awarded to a graduating senior dental student for outstanding achievement in restorative dentistry.
William B. Fitzhugh Scholarship Award is awarded to an incoming dental student who has demonstrated financial need, preference being given to students who have demonstrated athletic abilities at their undergraduate institution.
R. Ashton Gay and Henry F. Vaughan Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a Virginia resident at the VCU School of Dentistry, demonstrates academic excellence and leadership during the D-1 year, and has demonstrable need of financial assistance at the beginning of the D-2 year.
Edmond T. Glenn Award is awarded on the basis of financial need to a student ranked in the upper half of the class at the end of the D-3 year and who has been involved in school/class activities.
International College of Dentists Award is presented to the graduating dental student who has shown the most professional growth and development during his/her years of dental study.
Pierre Fauchard Academy presents an award to the graduating dental student who has exhibited leadership qualities and through his/her accomplishments has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of dental literature.
The Richmond Dental Study Club Memorial Endowment Scholarship is awarded annually to a D-3 (junior) dental student based on his/her having a GPA in the top 25 percent of the class and demonstrating exceptional leadership and participation in school and/or community extracurricular activities at the end of the D-2 (sophomore) year.
Alexander Kaufman Award is awarded to a junior dental student based on class leadership and financial need.
P.D. Miller Award goes to the dental student judged by faculty as having demonstrated excellent understanding of the relationship between restorative dentistry and periodontics.
Robert M. Saunders Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior Virginia resident predoctoral dental student with excellent academic credentials.