Scholarships for Dental Professionals

The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, is proud to offer scholarships to help dental assistants and other dental professionals reach their career goals.

Learn more about these opportunities!


Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship

The Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship supports the professional development of dental professionals. The scholarship is open to all dental assistants, DANB certificants and other oral healthcare professionals. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants should submit a completed application, along with two letters of recommendation, a letter of intent and any required documentation. Scholarship funds can be used for professional development activities, such as continuing education courses, dental conferences, DANB certification renewal and college courses. The deadline to apply for the 2020 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship is May 25, 2020.

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About Liz Koch

The Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship is made possible by the DALE Foundation’s generous donors. A donation in support of the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship helps oral healthcare professionals reach their professional development goals and supports their mentorship activities.

To make a contribution, visit our donation page.

2019 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship Winners

Gina Conrad

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 Guilbe-Carter

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

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

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.”

See the 2018 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship winners and finalists
See the 2017 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship winners and finalists
See the 2016 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship winners
See the 2015 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship winners and finalists 
See the 2014 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship winners and finalists

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