April 5, 2016

The DALE Foundation Launches 2016 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship

The DALE Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship.

The Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship is intended to help oral healthcare professionals reach their professional development goals and support their mentorship activities. The scholarship is open to all dental assistants, DANB certificants and other oral healthcare professionals.

Winners will receive between $250 and $1,000, plus access to three continuing education products of their choice from the DALE Foundation catalog. Winners will be chosen based on their commitment to the oral healthcare profession and mentorship experiences.

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2016.

The DALE Foundation launched this scholarship in 2014 to honor Liz Koch and her many years of service and contributions in support of dental assistants. Liz joined the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) in 2001; she was promoted to the Director, Testing and Measurement in 2002 and named Chief Operating Officer in 2006. In addition to her remarkable impact on DANB, Liz played an instrumental role working with board directors, trustees and staff to establish the DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate. Liz served as COO of DANB and the DALE Foundation until her untimely passing in 2011.

Liz believed in the potential of DANB and the DALE Foundation, but even more so, she believed in the potential of others. This memorial scholarship embodies Liz’s values and belief in the power of lifelong learning.

“Liz Koch was an amazing person who gave so much to others,” says Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of DANB and the DALE Foundation. “We are honored to give back to the dental community in a way that promotes her commitment to lifelong learning and mentorship.”

Since the scholarship launched in 2014, the DALE Foundation has awarded five winners with funds to advance their careers in ways such as earning DANB certification or pursuing advanced degrees. The DALE Foundation has also honored more than 20 finalists for their efforts by providing continuing education opportunities.

Those who are interested in donating to the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship can donate online or mail a check to the DALE Foundation, 444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 970, Chicago, IL 60611.


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