The American Dental Assistants Association and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have selected the winners of the 2016 ADAA/DANB Scholarship, a program intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality.


Gina Conrad, CDA, FADAA

Gina (top right) will apply her scholarship toward earning her associate degree in general studies. She ultimately plans to become a dental assisting instructor.

“Teaching in a dental assistant program is in my blood and is my passion,” she says. “I love helping new dental assistants take their career to the next level.”


Nhung Ho

Nhung (top left) will use her scholarship to complete the dental assisting program at Calhoun Community College in Alabama.

“With this scholarship, I can carry out my dream to help deliver good oral healthcare,” she says.


Alysha Houston

Alysha (bottom right) plans to use her scholarship to earn DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification once she completes her studies. She is a dental assisting student at Diablo Valley College in California.

“Being DANB certified would give me pride and comfort that I am one of the best trained dental assistants, as DANB is the only national certification recognized by the American Dental Association,” she says. “This will help further advance my career.”


Nichole Magnuson

Nichole (bottom center) will use her scholarship to earn DANB CDA certification once she graduates from the dental assisting program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina.

“Being certified by DANB proves that a dental assistant is dedicated to excelling in the industry,” she says. “Therefore, having the certification, you can take pride in knowing that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform at an exemplary level.”


Robynn Rixse, CDA, FADAA

Robynn (bottom left) will use her scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. With more than 26 years of experience in the dental field, Robynn wants to pursue her degree so she may move on to multi-office practice management or become a dental assisting instructor.

“I know it will not be easy or inexpensive, but I believe I still have many good years to give to the dental profession,” she says. “And I know that furthering your education is a sound investment.”


The ADAA and DANB launched the ADAA/DANB Scholarship in 2013 to help dental assistants advance their careers through professional development. It is open to all ADAA members in good standing. The winners may use the scholarships to fund professional activities. That includes continuing dental education, DANB exams or certifications, some expenses associated with ADAA Fellowship or Mastership, or registrations for dental conferences.

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