Scholarships and Grants

As part of our mission, the MDHA recognizes and encourages students and life-long learners to improve the public’s overall health while advancing the art and science of dental hygiene.

We’re here to help provide access to scholarships and grants.

Below is a list of scholarship and grant opportunities, offering financial assistance to further YOUR academic achievements and the advancement of the dental hygiene field. As always, we encourage all students to participate in your professional associations, the ADHA/MDHA, with events such as Lobby Day, The Conference and Dental Hygiene Month.


Mary Dole Scholarship

Purpose: The Mary Dole Scholarship supports a dental hygiene student currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree level program who has demonstrated academic excellence in dental hygiene.

Overview: 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.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must

  • Be a permanent resident of Massachusetts regardless of school choice
  • Be enrolled at an accredited U.S. Dental Hygiene School Master’s Degree Program
  • Demonstrate, through personal activities and achievements, a strong interest in dental hygiene
  • Possess a superior academic record. The cumulative average must be 3.5 or higher
  • Be a current member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association

Review the Mary Dole Scholarship Application Process and Checklist HERE

Application Deadline: All Applications must be received on or before July 1, 2020.

Submit to: Amanda Berthiaume, MDHA – Council Chair of Education and Research. Email address: [email protected]


Institute for Oral Health (IOH)

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year, to advance the profession of Dental Hygiene through scholarship, research and service. These monies have been awarded to dental hygiene students for educational needs (Scholarships), to those expanding the field of dental hygiene (Research Grants) and to dental hygienists’ to provide oral health care and education to those in their communities (Community Service Grants).

Apply for IOH Scholarships, Research Grants and Community Service Grants HERE


Student Delegates to Annual Session (1st 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.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a student member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association
  • Must be a matriculating dental hygiene student with a minimum of one semester/trimester remaining after annual session
  • Must be in good standing in a dental hygiene program and have the written approval of the program director for candidacy
  • Must be available to fulfill all obligations of a district workshop and full attendance at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Annual Conference

**NOTE** Applications for 2020 have been closed. Please check back for the 2021 application deadline.

Review the 1st Year Student Delegate Instructions and Application HERE


Student Delegates to Annual Session (Graduating Students)

The Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association would like to send two graduating students on a trip to ADHA’s CLL Annual Session. 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.

**NOTE** Applications for 2020 have been closed. Please check back for the 2021 application deadline.

Review the Graduating Student Delegate Award Instructions HERE


MDHA Academic Scholarship Award (Graduating Students)

Each year, the MDHA provides an academic scholarship to a graduating student.

Criteria:

  • 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.

**NOTE** Applications for 2020 have been closed. Please check back for the 2021 application deadline.

Criteria for MDHA Academic Scholarship Award HERE