(Julia Lavigne (right) and Julie Cady (left) )
Congratulations Julie Lavigne – Graduate -Springfield Technical Community College and Julie Cady, Graduate – Quinsigamond Community College. Julie and Julia were the 2018 award recipients of The MDHA scholarship to attend ADHA’s 95th Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio.
Each year MDHA awards two scholarships for new graduates to attend annual session. MDHA welcomes Julie and Julia to their new profession as Registered Dental Hygienists. Please take the time to read their stories about their trip to Columbus. MDHA encourages all second year students to apply for this great scholarship.
Julie Lavigne: “I was so happy when I was chosen to attend the annual session. Being a recent graduate I was so excited to meet my new colleagues from around the country and learn more about what I can do to be an active member of the ADHA community. It was amazing to see how excited others were to still be practicing in the field after 20-30 years. Hearing everyone’s success story and what dental hygiene has meant and done for them was one of my favorite parts. I then had the opportunity to sit in on the district meetings and see my colleagues speak up for things they believe in. Everyone’s voice was heard and I loved being a part of it. I can’t wait to attend next years annual session with my colleagues and to continue to be an active member of the ADHA. Thank you MDHA for this opportunity!”
Julie Cady: “I had the absolute best pleasure to attend the Annual Session this year as a student delegate. I was one of the two students that were chosen to attend as a recent graduate. What I expected to gain from attending ADHA’s 95th Annual Session was to be able to participate and experience what the ADHA was working for. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. I wanted to experience firsthand without the words and visions of others.
And all I can say is “WOW”!! This experience exceeded my expectations! I am truly grateful for the opportunity. I now understand why all members absolutely LOVE attending the Annual Session.
My first day there I attended the 5k walk/run. It was a great event to kick-off for all the fun activities for the rest of the week. Not to mention, it was my first 5k race and I had the honor of walking it with my very own professor who I admire and adore so much! After the race, I attended the After-Glow party. I networked with fellow colleagues and gained knowledge from other individuals who are practicing in the dental hygiene line of work. Any person I spoke with was very welcoming, inviting and excited to see a student delegate. I attended workshops and classes where I earned CEU credits. I attended the exhibition floor where I spoke to representatives of each company about their products. Even though I was a student delegate, they treated me with respect and took the time to explain what each product was all about. (I needed a second suitcase to fit all the products I received from the venues.) I attended the President’s Dinner which was a lovely event with our President of the ADHA. I never thought I would be dancing right next to the President of the association. I attended the House of Delegate meetings. I observed how each topic was discussed and how laws and/or issues are passed or rejected. I found these meetings very impactful. If you are truly passionate about certain topics, this is where your voice is heard. It is not every day I am able to get an opportunity like this. I felt this experience was very inspiring. I see the value in my membership and what the association is doing to keep our profession growing. I plan to stay present and continue to support in any way that I can. In fact, I made a pact with a fellow classmate that we must attend the annual session every year. I am honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity. I cannot thank MDHA enough for what they did for me.”
- Applicants must be a permanent resident of Massachusetts regardless of school choice.
- 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.
- A current transcript must be submitted (an unofficial transcript is sufficient). The cumulative average must be 3.2 or higher.
- Two letters of recommendation from Program Directors or faculty of the applicant’s school will be required.
- 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:
MDHA – Council Chair of Education and Research
Email address: [email protected]
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.
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.
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.