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 Julie Cady – Mentor Liaison (left) and Rashmi Pillai – 2019 Award Winner(right)

Congratulations Rashmi Pillai – Forsyth  School of Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences!  

Rashmi was the 2019  award recipients of The MDHA scholarship to attend ADHA’s 96th Annual Session in Louisville, Kentucky

Each year MDHA awards one or two scholarships for new graduates to attend annual session. MDHA welcomed Rashmi to her new profession as a Registered Dental Hygienist.  Please take the time to read her story about her trip to Louisville.  MDHA encourages all second year students to apply for this great scholarship.

Rashmi Pillai: “I had the incredible opportunity to attend 2019 ADHA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. I was awarded a scholarship from the MDHA. It was my first conference and I cannot help but express my immense pleasure to be a student participant in this mega event.  Being a recent graduate, I was not sure of what to expect from this opportunity. Yet, I was excited to meet so many new colleagues from all over the country who had the same passion I have for this field. Everyone whom I met there or spoke with made me feel very welcome in the conference and dental hygiene community.

 I had the opportunity to attend a few continuing education classes with some of my own professors. I attended the district meetings and the House of Delegate meetings. With the district meetings, I saw how passionate each member of the MDHA was toward each cause. The members heard everyone’s opinion and reached decisions together. During the House of Delegates, I saw how issues were discussed and how laws were passed or rejected. This experience was very rewarding, and it showed me how important is it to remain connected with my professional association. Thank you MDHA!!”




  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:

Amanda Berthiaume

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 97th Annual Session in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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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