Dr. Joseph L. Henry


Dr. Joseph L. Henry Freshman/First Year Scholarship $2,000


“This scholarship has been a peace of mind. Knowing that it is renewable allows me to focus on school without worrying about the small things that add up.”
Octavia Miller
ECU SODM Class of 2023


Applications open January 1, 2024 and close May 31, 2024


The Dr. Joseph L. Henry Scholarship is named after Dr. Joseph L. Henry (May 2, 1924 - October 11, 2011. Dr. Henry served as Dean of both Howard University College of Dentistry and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree at Xavier University, his dental degree at Howard and a PhD from the University of Illinois, all by age 26. He was the valedictorian of his class at all levels of his studies.

Dr. Henry rose quickly to prominence upon joining the faculty at Howard. After being named Dean in 1966, he was appointed to various White House Conferences, including: Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health; Conference on Employment of the Handicapped, and Conference on International Relations. Dr. Henry served as a mentor to many. He embodied the words, “make the best of it” and to “pull yourself together, focus and apply your skills.”

This award in the honor of Dr. Joseph L. Henry is given to up to five incoming freshman dental students that show promise in embodying the values and work ethic of Dr. Henry. It is a $2000 renewable award for the four years of matriculation.


  • • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater.

  • • Must be a United States Citizen or have permanent       resident status.

  • • Have verifiable community service.


Include with Application

  • • Letter of request from the applicant including verifiable community service project
  • • Undergraduate official transcript
  • • Curriculum vitae and professional photo
  • • Three recommendation letters; Dean or Chair of your undergraduate degree program, undergraduate professor and one non-academic letter
  • • Letter of acceptance from an accredited US dental school 


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