New! For 2021 Grads Only!

Dr. John A. DesEnfants Memorial Scholarship

For those seeking a career in dental hygiene, high school students and College Graduates from the Nebraska Panhandle

For those interested in pursuing a career in the Dental Field as a Dental Hygienist or as a Dentist, Oral Surgeon or Orthodontist. The Dr. Jack DesEnfants Memorial Scholarship will award up to Three $2,000 Scholarships to students who are pursuing a degree as a dental hygienist, and one $6,000 Scholarship to a student entering graduate school in dentistry.

Up to Three $2,000 Dental Hygienist scholarships will be awarded, payable for two years study, with $500 awarded per semester (based on four semesters)

One $6000 Scholarship will be awarded to a student seeking a degree in the dental field, and who has attended school in the Panhandle of Nebraska.

Eligibility, Application and Selection Process:

  1. Available to graduates and graduating seniors planning to attend college the following fall.

  2. Full-time Enrollment into a Dental Hygienist program will be required OR Full-time enrollment into a dentistry program

  3. Scholarship recipient must maintain a grade point average required to remain in good standing in the school in which they are enrolled.

  4. Application forms are available from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation website ( For more information call (308) 635-3393.  High school applicants are required to attach a copy of their official ACT/SAT scores and their current high school transcript.

Applicants must provide a short application relating to goals, training path or plan, future employment interests and 3 letters of recommendation.

Applications must be submitted to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation by April 1st. All applications will be reviewed by the DesEnfants family, the OTCF Scholarship Committee, and finally the OTCF Board of Directors for final approval.

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John A. “Jack” DesEnfants

March 3, 1934-

August 14, 2020


Dr. Jack DesEnfants graduated from Torrington High School and attended the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. After serving as a dentist in the United States Navy overseas in Taiwan and then stateside in San Diego, Jack received his Master of Medical Sciences degree in Orthodontia from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his family then made their home in Scottsbluff where Jack practiced orthodontics for nearly 40 years.


Throughout his professional life Jack was very active in the Rotary Club of Scottsbluff/Gering and found great value in helping others. He embarked on many adventures and made the most of his time with friends and loved ones. Jack enjoyed golf, skiing, Husker football, goose hunting, boating, fishing, and hunting antelope and elk. For many years, he participated in the Sugar Valley Rally crammed into his ancient Model T, “Maude.” Jack was sincerely grateful for the many dear friends and patients he had in his life.