September 13, 2019

The DALE Foundation names 2019 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship winners

The DALE Foundation has selected the winners of the 2019 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship — open to all dental assistants, DANB certificants and other oral healthcare professionals — supports the professional development of dental auxiliaries.

This year, after receiving more than 60 applications, the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship Committee selected four winners. The winners will receive between $250 and $1,000 and one to three continuing education products of their choice from the DALE Foundation. Scholarship funds can be used for professional development activities, such as continuing education courses, dental conferences, DANB certification renewal and college courses. Learn more about the winners below.

Gina Conrad, CDA, MADAA, of Antioch, Tennessee, works at the office of David W. Harr, D.M.D., where she is a registered dental assistant. She holds an Associate of Science degree from Motlow State Community College, as well as fellowship and mastership in the American Dental Assistants Association. Currently, Conrad is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers School of Health Professions; she plans to use her scholarship for tuition. She aspires to one day become a dental assistant educator. “Being a dental assistant instructor is a goal that I would like to master within the next few years. This scholarship will help me reach my goal,” Conrad shares.

Iris Jeannette Guilbe-Carter, CDA, of Concord, North Carolina, has worked as a dental assistant for the past 20 years at the office of Henry D. Duncan, D.D.S. She is a 2000 graduate of the dental assisting program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Guilbe-Carter is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in public health; she has her sights set on attending dental school in the future. Guilbe-Carter plans to use her scholarship for her tuition and books as well as to help offset dental school application costs and a Dental Admissions Test preparation course. “My ultimate goal includes graduating from dental school,” she says.

Elisha Ricker, of Puyallup, Washington, has worked as a dental assistant in private practice for the past two years and is now studying to be a dental hygienist at Seattle Central College (SCC). Ricker plans to use his scholarship for tuition. He aspires to ultimately earn a master’s degree and become a dental hygiene educator and public health advocate. “I am ecstatic to finally be pursuing my career in dental hygiene through SCC and will stop at nothing to make my dream of public health service a reality,” Ricker shares. “Oral healthcare is my passion, and with your help, I strive to make it a lifelong career.”

Kaitlyn Wakelee, of Vienna, Virginia, works as a surgical assistant for Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery and is a part-time student at Northern Virginia Community College, where she is pursuing an Associate of Science degree. Wakelee plans to use her scholarship for tuition. “Receiving this scholarship is an honor and will help me to expand my knowledge and skills to better myself as a professional,” Wakelee shares. “I’m a motivated, driven and dedicated dental assistant and student.”

Learn more about the scholarship

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. For more information, visit the DALE Foundation scholarship page.

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