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(pictured from left to right  Felicia Barry, Catalina Fajardo)

Congratulations Felicia Barry, Graduate – Middlesex Community College and Catalina Fajardo, Graduate – Quinsigamond Community College.   Felicia and Catalina were the 2017  award recipients of The MDHA scholarship to attend ADHA’s 94th Annual Session in Jacksonville, Florida.

Each year MDHA awards two scholarships for new graduates to attend annual session. MDHA welcomes Felicia and Catalina to their new profession as Registered Dental Hygienists.  Please take the time to read their stories about their trip to Jacksonville and MDHA encourages all second year students to apply for this great scholarship.

Catalina feels that her trip to The 2017 Annual Dental Hygiene Conference was a great success. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet many people working in our field. One of the best parts of the event was the opportunity to participate in a service project about the health dangers of smoking. We even ran a 5K race and raised money for oral hygiene scholarships.

I highly recommend attending the Annual American Dental Hygiene Conference. You will meet so many like-minded people who will immediately become your long-time friends. I can’t wait to see them again next year.

Felicia states she was proudly chosen by the MDHA to attend the ADHA Annual Session.  This was my first time attending annual session and after the amazing experience I had, it certainly will not be my last.  I had no idea what to expect when I was awarded this opportunity however, as a new dental hygienist I was eager to get as much out of this opportunity as possible and absolutely did just that!

I left Jacksonville with an ignited passion for my career and an excitement to share my fulfilling experience with other dental hygienists’.  The experiences were valuable on multiple levels.  First, the connections made with other hygienists from all over the United States, I left with several new life-long friends who all provide a wealth of knowledge and reliable source for career advice.  Second the empowerment and inspiration from the guest speakers such as Alex Sheen, Laurie Hernandez the Olympic gold medalist, and other amazingly successful dental hygienists’.  Besides the connection and the inspiration I was humbled by the amount that we were able to give back to the community all while having fun!  We did volunteer work at a local shelter, we did a fun run 5K which raised a significant amount of money to go towards the Institute of Oral Health, and we made advances for our profession during the house of delegate meetings.  To summarize my experience I would say it was educational, motivational, and all around extremely fulfilling!    Now I am anxiously waiting and looking forward to next years annual session in Columbus, Ohio!





  1. Applicants must be a permanent resident of Massachusetts regardless of school choice.
  2. Applicants must be entering at least their second year in an accredited Dental Hygiene program.  Graduating hygienists pursuing higher degrees in dental hygiene, public health or research may also apply.
  3. A current transcript must be submitted (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).  The cumulative average must be 3.2 or higher.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from Program Directors or faculty of the applicant’s school will be required.
  5. Applicants will write a personal statement indicating their interests, career goals and views of Dental Hygiene.  All personal statements shall be no more than two double spaced typewritten pages.

Any problems or questions should be directed to:

Virginia Heroux

MDHA – Council Chair of Education and Research

Email address: [email protected]

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Annual Session (two graduating students)

The Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association would like to send two graduating students on a trip to ADHA’s CLL 95th Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio. These students must be active student members of ADHA, and should have an interest in becoming involved with the MDHA. The association hopes to educate students about what its role is in each dental hygienist’s career before and after they graduate.

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Student Delegate to Annual Session (first year students)

Students have a unique opportunity to apply for a position as a Student Delegate. As a Student Delegate, you not only represent all student members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, but you also sit on the House of Delegates floor during all three meetings. Each student will be considered for the student delegate position.

Student Delegates are funded to attend their district workshop and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Annual Session. Funding consists of airfare, lodging (two students per room), ground transportation and per diem. Because funds may vary annually, please contact your District Trustee for the exact dollar amount.

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Mary Dole (students enrolled in Master’s Degree Level Program)

Each year the American Dental Hygienists’ Association of Massachusetts will award a dental hygiene student $500.00 which will be applied to tuition and fees.

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