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The ADHA Institute for Oral Health Foundation (IOH) was founded to advance the dental hygiene profession and expand access to oral care through scholarships, research grants and community service grants.


In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), IOH helps ADHA members meet educational needs, expand the field of dental hygiene and provide oral health care and education to their communities. IOH will continue to improve the public’s total health by increasing the awareness of and access to quality oral healthcare for all.

IOH is dedicated to:

  • Empowering dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through community service grants
  • Supporting advancements in the dental hygiene profession through research grants
  • Developing dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through scholarships

Congratulations to the 2024-2025 (academic year) Scholarship Winners & Grant Recipients!

Associate Scholarships

Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures Minority Scholarship
Abigail Davis

Hu-Friedy/Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarship
Cheyenne Natt
Gracie Schell

Kenvue Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Michelle Kenny
Hunter Morrissette

Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach 
Sidney Gregory

Baccalaureate Scholarships

Dr. Esther Wilkins Scholarship
Abby Rennau

Hu-Friedy/Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarship
Kayla Barronton

Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach Scholarship
Leidy Arpin

Kenvue Scholarship for Academic Excellence–Bachelor
Fabiola Luevano
Vy Vu

Wilma E. Motley Scholarship
Natasha Smith

Graduate Scholarships

Alice & Herschel Horowitz Scholarship
Katy Battani

Burch Equity Scholarship
Kristen Valenzuela

Dr. Esther Wilkins Scholarship
Rachel Thelen

Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship
Renee Alexandre
Sarah Hoerler
Laura Jacob

Community Service Grants

Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Spirit Grant
Paula Harris

Mars Wrigley Foundation Healthier Smiles Program
Christine Armstrong
Angela Cameron
Beth Chartier
Kyle Isaacs
Sara Jambard
Holly Jorgensen
Mary Kelly
Aletha Lensing
Amanda Lux
Sonika Masih
Monica Nenad
Stacy Onofrietti
Kristen Redman
Yvette Reibel
Christel Riitano
Amy Shah
Shankisha Sizemore
Marjean Stamm
MaryJo Toscano

Rosie Wall Community Service Grant
Melissa Davis

Institute for Oral Health Foundation General Research Grant

Emily Ludwig

General Inquiries and Program Information

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143. Questions? Email us at [email protected]