Winners selected for the 2014 ADAA and DANB Scholarship

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The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have announced the winners of the 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship.

The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is open to all ADAA members in good standing and is intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality. When evaluating the applications, the scholarship committee looked for dental assistants who demonstrated a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning in the dental assisting profession.

The committee selected five recipients for the 2014 scholarship.

  • Kim Arny, CDA, will apply her scholarship award toward a forensic odontology course that is part of her training for a statewide emergency response program; she was one of six dental assistants selected to participate in this special program. “We must constantly challenge our limits to allow ourselves to grow as individuals and professionals,” she says.

  • Eden Cepala is completing a dental assisting program and then plans on earning national and state credentials. “Upon completion of the program, I hope to take and pass the DANB national [Certified Dental Assistant] exam and state-specific [RDA] exam,” she notes.

  • Kelli Fedder, CDA, plans to use her scholarship award toward a bachelor’s degree, with the ultimate goal of becoming a dental assisting instructor. “I want to help other future dental assistants realize their potential and achieve great things,” she says.

  • Charles Tran, CDA, plans to continue his education and earn additional DANB certifications. “My intention is to earn the Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant certification, but I do not plan on stopping there; I also intend to earn the Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant certification,” he says.

  • Tyler Winter, CDA, will apply his scholarship toward a restorative functions program. “I am excited to have the opportunity to learn these skills and to be able to have a positive impact on the dental health of our patients,” he says. 

"The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is now in its second year, and we are proud to award these very deserving dental assistants and ADAA members with the funds that can help them advance their careers,” says ADAA President Kimberly Bland, CDA, EFDA, M.Ed.

"Lifelong learning is a key tenet for both ADAA and DANB, and this year’s winners clearly hold this principle, as well. We look forward to seeing them reach their goals,” says DANB Board Chair Frank Maggio, D.D.S.

The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is a joint collaboration between the ADAA and DANB. Information about the 2015 ADAA/DANB Scholarship will be announced in the coming months.


About ADAA

America's oldest and largest dental assisting association, the ADAA serves an estimated 300,000 dental assistants in the United States. It is dedicated to the development and recognition of professionalism through education, membership services and public awareness programs. The ADAA is a strong advocate for legislation mandating credentialing for clinical dental assistants and greater recognition of the assistant's role in the professional dental team.

About DANB

DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB's certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. DANB serves the public by promoting a means of identifying qualified and competent dental assistants and by measuring and promoting excellence in oral healthcare delivery. As a Mark of Dental Assisting Excellence, DANB certification is a source of pride for those who achieve it. Currently, there are more than 36,000 DANB certificants nationwide, and DANB certifications and certificates of knowledge-based competency are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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