The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) have selected the winners of the 2020 ADAA/DANB Scholarship, which was founded to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality.
This year, out of 26 applicants, the ADAA/DANB Scholarship Committee selected three winners:
- Carman Duerr, CDA, FADAA
- Sydney Rogers
- Sarah Stream, CDA, FADAA
Carman Duerr, CDA, FADAA, of Wolverton, Minnesota, is employed by Anderson & Breding Dental. She has worked in the dental assisting profession for nearly 20 years. Duerr earned ADAA Fellowship in May 2020 and aims to earn ADAA Mastership. Additionally, she serves as the North Dakota Dental Assistants Association state representative. She was recently elected as vice chair of the Dental Assisting Advisory Board at Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead campus, and volunteers with the Red River Valley Dental Access Project to help improve access to care in Minnesota. Duerr plans to use her scholarship funds to offset the cost of completing a restorative expanded functions course at the University of Minnesota.
“Throughout my career, I have always strived to do my best and excel in my duties,” Duerr says. “I am always willing to learn, push myself to go further, and do as much as I can in my work. I’m looking forward to using this scholarship to complete more continuing education to fulfill the ADAA’s Mastership requirements.” Duerr also thanks her husband, Brad, and their three children for supporting her in her career.
Sydney Rogers, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, earned an associate degree in dental sciences from Antonelli College in 2019 and now works as a dental assistant and dental office manager at Columbia Family Dental. Rogers has her sights set on earning DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant™ (CDA®) certification, plus earning Fellowship in the ADAA. She plans to use her scholarship funds to support these goals.
“I have found a career that I love and want to learn everything I can about it,” Rogers says. “Working as a dental assistant is not just a job — it is a journey that I have only just begun, which has changed my life.”
Sarah Stream, CDA, FADAA, of Glenwood, Iowa, has been working in the dental assisting profession since 2007, most recently in the role of infection preventionist for the Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program dental team. To continue growing her knowledge in the critical area of infection control, Stream used her scholarship funds to attend the 2021 virtual Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Dental Infection Control Boot Camp. She is working toward completing the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program™, and plans to pursue OSAP-DANB Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control™ (CDIPC™) certification.
“Attending this meeting has been a dream of mine for many years — and this is the year that I made it happen,” Stream says. “I will be using the knowledge I gain to help support dental facilities with their general infection control and COVID-19-based response needs.”
About the scholarship
The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is open to all ADAA members in good standing. It is awarded annually to dental assistants who demonstrate a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning in the dental assisting profession. To learn about other scholarship opportunities for dental assistants, visit www.danb.org or www.adaausa.org.