October 11, 2016

The DALE Foundation selects winners of the 2016 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship

The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship. This year’s recipients are dedicated dental professionals who recognize the importance of lifelong learning and look forward to embracing new challenges in this ever-evolving field.

After receiving more than 100 applications, the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship Committee selected eight recipients for this prestigious scholarship, which helps oral healthcare professionals pursue professional development and support their mentorship activities.

This year, four winners were chosen in two categories. Category one is for dental professionals who have held DANB certification for more than two years. Category two is for dental professionals who are not DANB certified or who have held DANB certification for less than two years. The winners will receive between $250 and $1,000 and three continuing education products of their choice from the DALE Foundation. The following winners were chosen based on their commitment to the oral healthcare profession and mentorship experiences.

First-place winners

  • Alvin Hsieh, CDA, category one
  • Katrina Knapp, CDA, category two

Second-place winners

  • Kantres Davis, CDA, category one
  • Laura Vickery, CDA, category two

Third-place winners

  • L’tanya Barnes, CDA, category one
  • Amber Justus, CDA, category two

Fourth-place winners

  • Alli Jensen, CDA, category one
  • Bijan Mahboubi, category two  

The DALE Foundation launched the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship in 2014 to honor the late Liz Koch, who served as Chief Operating Officer of DANB and the DALE Foundation before her untimely passing in 2011. This memorial scholarship commemorates her many years of service to dental assisting and embodies her belief in the power of lifelong learning.

Information about the 2017 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship will be available in spring 2017. Individuals and organizations interested in donating to the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship can donate online or mail checks to the DALE Foundation, 444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 970, Chicago, IL 60611. Your contribution directly supports dental assistants and other oral healthcare professionals.

Please visit the DALE Foundation website for information about the winners.

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