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Scholarships named for three generations of Utah dentists

UofL and the dental profession just might be in the Broadbent family’s genetic makeup. How else to explain five members of their family—in three generations—earning their DMD degrees from the UofL School of Dentistry?

Three generations of Utah dentists

UofL and the dental profession just might be in the Broadbent family’s genetic makeup. How else to explain five members of their family—in three generations—earning their DMD degrees from the UofL School of Dentistry?

The Broadbents' UofL legacy began in 1950, when the late Harvey Broadbent earned his DMD from the School of Dentistry. The Utah native chose UofL because back then—like now—Utah did not have a dental school of its own. At the time, the dental school had a reciprocal agreement with the state to accept Utah students at in-state tuition rates. 

Dr. Broadbent returned to his home state after graduation and established a private practice.

When it came time for his son, Steven Broadbent, to choose a dental college, he followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated in 1971, then returned to Utah to establish Broadbent Orthodontics.

By then, a pattern had been set. Three of Steven and Julie Broadbent’s five children chose to attend the UofL School of Dentistry. Richard 99DMD is an orthodontist with his father. Michael 03DMD is an oral surgeon. The youngest, Jeffrey, will graduate in 2011. Julie, also from Utah, has a nursing degree from Spalding University in Louisville.

In 1998 Steven Broadbent created an endowment in the UofL Foundation to provide scholarships for dentistry students. Preference is given to students from Utah. The extended family agreed recently to give additional monies and rename it the Broadbent Family Endowed Scholarship. The renaming honors how much the School of Dentistry meant to patriarch Harvey Broadbent and many members of the family. To date, the family has donated close to $50,000 toward the scholarship fund.

“The motto is to give back more than you receive—that’s what my Dad always said,” says Steven Broadbent.

“The School of Dentistry has given so much to us. We’ve been blessed with wonderful careers, and it’s an absolute honor for us to be able to give back in this way,” he says of the scholarship. 

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