2018 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship Winners and Finalists

2018 Scholarship Winners

Shawnee Delo Shawnee Delo, of Richmond, Virginia, works as a dental assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry. She plans to apply the scholarship funds toward earning DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant certification, as well as toward registering for Spanish-language courses.

“I strongly feel that completion of these classes will greatly benefit me in the workplace and help Spanish-speaking families feel more comfortable knowing they can communicate in their native language during their visit,” Delo says.



Elizabeth Polak-Silva

Elizabeth Polak-Silva, CDA, of Bristol, Connecticut, works at Kids Dental Care in Bristol. She aspires to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and apply to dental schools. Polak-Silva plans to use her scholarship to offset the application costs, as well as to fund a DAT preparation course.

“I share Liz Koch’s belief in lifelong learning,” she says. “That is why I want to further my education and become a dentist. My dream, as a future dentist, is to organize dental mission trips and encourage other dental professionals to join me.”



Robynn Rixse

Robynn Rixse, CDA, of Landisville, Pennsylvania, will apply her scholarship to her tuition at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. Rixse is the 2018-2019 president-elect of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), as well as an ADAA Fellow and Master. She also aspires to join the American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) and work toward becoming an AADOM Fellow, which includes the completion of DALE Foundation office management courses, among other requirements.

“Education has always been a priority for me,” she says.



Sheila Seevers Sheila Seevers, CDA, of Newberg, Oregon, is currently instructing dental assistants at Portland Community College on a part-time basis. She aspires to transition into teaching full-time by earning her master’s degree in career and technical education through Concordia University’s online program. Seevers will apply her scholarship to her tuition for this online program.

“Like Liz Koch, I too strongly value continuing education in whatever field one happens to be passionate about,” Seevers says. “I have a very strong belief that learning is a never-ending process.”

Additionally, the scholarship committee recognized these five finalists:

  • Jennifer Guidetti, CDA
  • Jennifer Lizotte, CDA
  • Jodie Smith-Mcintosh, CDA
  • Addy Sorensen
  • Rachel Wetzsteon, CDA

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