Kansas City University’s College of Dental Medicine Receives Generous Gift from La-Z-Boy Foundation to Support Scholarships

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(Joplin, MO)Kansas City University’s (KCU) College of Dental Medicine (CDM) located on the Farber-McIntire Joplin Campus received a generous $10,000 gift from the La-Z-Boy Foundation. The donation will support the Patterson Family Foundation scholarship challenge and brings KCU within two-thirds of the $1 million goal.

The La-Z-Boy Foundation has a history of faithfully supporting KCU-Joplin with capital campaign gifts to both the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the CDM. Their gift toward the Patterson Family Foundation scholarship challenge will help fund scholarships for dental students from areas with populations of 50,000 or less who may not otherwise have the resources to pursue dental school.

In 2022, the Patterson Family Foundation challenged KCU to raise $1 million for scholarships for the dental school with a pledge to match it dollar for dollar once the goal is reached, creating a $2 million scholarship endowment. The ultimate goal of this challenge is to provide scholarships to recipients who will likely return to a rural community to practice following graduation from KCU-CDM. Research shows that dentists from rural areas tend to return to those communities to practice upon graduation.

During the check presentation on May 17, 2023, Linda Niessen, DMD, KCU-CDM founding dean and vice provost of Oral Health Affairs, expressed appreciation for La-Z-Boy’s continued generosity to the University. “The KCU College of Dental Medicine is truly grateful for La-Z-Boy’s contribution to our student scholarship fund. This generous gift helps relieve the financial burden of dental education for dental students. It enables us to continue recruiting students from rural communities and those with demonstrated financial need who have been historically under-represented in dental schools, and who plan to serve communities with oral health care needs,” said Niessen.

To give a gift or learn more about The Patterson Family Foundation Scholarship Challenge, click here or call the Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations at 816.654.7280.

About Kansas City University

Kansas City University, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit health sciences university with Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Biosciences and a developing College of Dental Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the eighth largest medical school in the U.S., the ninth most impactful medical school for primary care for the nation, the tenth most affordable of private medical colleges, and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has two sites strategically located on the University’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural populations. The University offers multiple graduate degrees; a doctor of osteopathic medicine; a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology; a master of arts in bioethics; a master of science in the biomedical sciences; a master of business administration in partnership with Rockhurst University; a new master of public health in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and plans to seat the first doctor of dental medicine students in 2023.


Haley Reardon, Manager of Marketing and Communications
Kansas City University

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