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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 2022-2023 Scholarship Winners & Grant Recipients!

Associate Scholarships

Colgate ‘Bright Smiles, Bright Futures’ Minority Scholarship
Chloe Duncan
Fatima Munoz

Hu-Friedy/Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarship
Ellie Trujillo

Scholarship for Academic Excellence–Associate
Nicole Bryson
Deann Kelly
Abby Richardson

Baccalaureate Scholarships

Alice Hinchcliffe Williams, RDH, MS Merit Scholarship
Amme Saunders
Melissa Sullivan, RDH, MS

Crest Oral-B Laboratories Dental Hygiene Scholarship
Hailey Jo Cole
Tiffany Gavrilos
Holly Knight
Abby Larsen
Samantha Oliver

Hu-Friedy/Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarship
Jared Hirtzel
Simona Mateas

Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach Scholarship
Mckaylee Pottle

Scholarship for Academic Excellence–Bachelor
Elizabeth Jones
Jayce Vrbka

Wilma E. Motley Scholarship
Cyndie Rayoan

Graduate Scholarships

Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship
Stephanie Lica, RDH, BSDH
Alicia Smith, RDH

Sigma Phi Alpha Graduate Scholarship
Sarah Justus, RDH

Community Service Grants

Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Spirit Grant
Paula Harris, RDH, BS

Mars Wrigley Foundation Healthier Smiles Program
Ashley Askelson, RDH, BS
Heidi Halverson, RDH, BSDH, LAP
Holly Jorgensen, CRDH
Brandy Lark, RDH
Emma Lawson, RDH, PHDH, BS
Sonika Masih, BDS, MS, RDH
Marie Navickis, DHSc, MSDHEd, RDH
Shawn Oprisiu, RDH, BS ECP III
Lisa Stiner, MS, RDH
Tasha Wendel, MPH, BSDH

Institute for Oral Health Foundation General Research Grant

Brenda Bradshaw, MS, RDH
Jessica Suedbeck, RDH, MSDH, BSDH
Julie Sutton, MS, BSDH, RDH

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]