Dr. Alden S. Anderson Jr. Endowed Scholarship in the School of Dentistry

Dr. Alden S. Anderson Jr. demonstrated an unselfish and giving spirit throughout his lifetime – an example of which was his desire to aid dental students with financial need.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Anderson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II for almost four years prior to his enrollment in the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. After graduating from the MCV School of Dentistry in 1954, he entered private practice in Staunton, Va.

A respected member of the community, Anderson practiced dentistry in Staunton for almost 40 years. He provided dental care for children at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton on a weekly basis for 19 years.

Anderson and his wife, Sara, modeled a lifetime of benevolence and gave of their time and money to support many worthy causes and ministries, including their church (First Presbyterian in Staunton), the Haitian Children's School Fund, the Isaac Walton League and the Civic Club to name a few.

During his dental school years, Anderson and his wife both worked tirelessly at jobs to meet their educational costs while also attending classes and starting a family. Anderson hoped that his financial gift would benefit married dental students and lessen the burden of their educational expenses.


  • Married student who has started a family
  • One or both parents working to support their family

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