Linscomb Foundation establishes MCC dental assistant scholarship program

A new scholarship established through a gift to the Metropolitan Community College Foundation by the Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation will be the first of its kind for the College’s dental assistant program.

The gift was made in honor of Albert W. Zimmer, who served as president of the Linscomb Foundation since its inception.

Albert W. Zimmer
Albert W. “Bill” Zimmer

The Albert W. Zimmer Dental Assistant Scholarship Fund will help MCC students who reside in Clay or Platte counties (north of the Missouri River) earn a degree in dental assisting.

The Linscomb Foundation pledged a $40,000 gift to create the annual scholarships. The first award is expected to be presented for use during the 2016-17 academic year.

Click here for information on MCC’s dental assistant program. Dental assistants help the dentist during procedures and prep patients, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials during procedures and support office management.

MCC offers an associate in applied science degree in dental assisting and a dental assisting certificate.

Students interested in applying for the new scholarship can find out more by using the scholarship search feature on MCC’s website (look for
Albert W. Zimmer Dental Assistant Scholarship): mcckc.edu/scholarshipsearch.

The Linscomb Foundation has been a generous source of support for MCC students. Since 2006, the Linscomb Scholars program has provided more than $182,000 — including $25,200 this year — in scholarship funds for MCC-Maple Woods students who graduated from high schools in Clay and Platte counties.

More about the Linscombs and Albert Zimmer

In the mid-1930s, NeVada Linscomb, born to a German immigrant family, met Irven Linscomb. Irven, himself born into poverty in Texas, was working for the Chase Bag Co. in Kansas City’s River Market. Soon, Irven and NeVada started their own company, building a successful business that thrived for many years.

It was 1957 when Irven met Albert “Bill” Zimmer and joined Zimmer Companies. “Irven was a man of integrity who took only calculated risks and yet was great fun to be with,” Bill said.

After Irven died in 1985, NeVada started the Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation Fund in 1988 at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. A year later, Zimmer persuaded NeVada to set up a charitable trust to ensure that her charitable passions could be realized.

NeVada passed away in 1997, and through the Community Foundation the couple’s legacy lives on. The Linscomb Foundation Fund supports services for children in the Northland, including “Miles of Smiles,” a mobile dental program.