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Oshkosh area dentists Dr. Mike Hanneman and Dr. Karen Dustrude (husband and wife) have established a dental scholarship at their alma mater, the Marquette School of Dentistry.

Drs. Hanneman, who earned his DDS in 1982, and Dustrude, who earned her DDS in 1983, established their private dental practice in Oshkosh in 1982. Over the next 20 years, the partners earned a reputation for providing high quality dental care, serving thousands of patients in the Oshkosh area.

The couple established the dental scholarship to specifically encourage young people of Northeast Wisconsin, a region where less than 22 percent of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, to pursue careers in dentistry. The endowed scholarship in their name will help honor their scholarship wishes in perpetuity.

The Marquette School of Dentistry is most grateful to Drs. Hanneman and Dustrude for this gift that encourages students to achieve a doctorate in dental surgery (DDS) degree.

“An endowed scholarship of this kind is of significant benefit to us as we strive to encourage Wisconsin scholars to pursue advanced degrees in the professional sciences”, states Jay Rabideaux, Development Director for Marquette University. Drs. Hanneman and Dustrude are helping to create a culture of philanthropy for others in their generation to follow.

As dental professionals and Marquette alumni, the couple feels compelled to give back . “We all have budgets and commitments, but we all need to give back to the school that taught us our skills”, states Dr. Karen Dustrude. “It’s important to us that our donations are enough to make a difference for Wisconsin scholars”.