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 auxiliaries. 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 Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship was May 25, 2018.

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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

2017 Scholarship Winners

After receiving 92 applications, the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship Committee selected four winners for this prestigious scholarship.

Tajuana Barnes Tajuana L. Barnes, CDA, of Memphis, Tennessee, is a dental assistant at Christ Community Health Service in Memphis. She plans to use her scholarship to complete a restorative functions course at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry by January 2018 and then enroll in an expanded prosthetic functions course. She also plans to earn additional DANB certifications in the future.




Elizabeth Justice Elizabeth Justice, CDA, of Westover, Maryland, earned DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification in 2013. After graduating with an associate of science degree from Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland, she went on to work as a full-time dental assistant with the oral surgery office of Lynn F. Ascher, D.M.D. Justice plans to use her scholarship to fund summer classes and textbooks at Salisbury University, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in community health education.




Elizabeth Ledford Elizabeth Ledford, of Cottonwood, Arizona, is a dental assisting student at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona. Upon graduation, she plans to use her scholarship to volunteer abroad in 2018 as a dental assistant with Global Health Outreach to mentor local healthcare workers and provide comprehensive dental care to the underserved. Ledford also plans to apply the funds to earn DANB certification, as well as complete additional continuing education.




Rebecca Santiago Rebecca Santiago, CDA, of Cameron, North Carolina, has held DANB certification for the past 14 years and is currently employed with the U.S. Army. Santiago plans to use her scholarship toward tuition and textbooks at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where she is pursuing a degree in business administration, with the goal of one day managing a dental practice.



Additionally, the scholarship committee recognized four finalists:

  • Aricka Acquistapace
  • Melissa Carter, CDA
  • Ann Marie Love, CDA
  • Chelsea Mellinger        

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

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