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Dental Assistant Winners Selected for ADAA/DANB Scholarship

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chicago — The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have selected the winners of the 2013 ADAA/DANB Scholarship.

The newly launched scholarship program is intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality. Dental assistants from across the country submitted applications, and the scholarship committee had the tough task of assessing the many highly qualified applicants. 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 awards ceremony was held Oct. 31 at the 2013 ADAA Annual Session in New Orleans. The scholarship committee selected five winners for this year's ADAA/DANB Scholarship:

  • Theresa Anderson, of Wentzville, Mo., plans to use her scholarship award to earn DANB certification and ADAA Fellowship.

  • Brittany Ashenfelter, CDA, of Indianapolis, Ind., will apply her scholarship award toward earning a master's degree in clinical research administration.

  • Nicole Calderone, of Hemet, Calif., is pursuing California's Registered Dental Assistant in Expanded Functions II (RDAEF II) program.

  • Fanice Jean-Baptiste, of Lynn, Mass., plans to earn DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification. Her scholarship award will be applied to the General Chairside Assisting (GC) component exam fees.

  • Maria Urita, CDA, of Joppa, Md., will use her scholarship award toward earning DANB's Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) certification.

"As America's largest membership organization for dental assistants, the ADAA is proud to partner with DANB to recognize the deserving recipients of this new scholarship to help take their careers to the next level," says ADAA President Carolyn Breen, CDA, RDA, RDH, Ed.D.

"Both ADAA and DANB promote lifelong learning, and we are excited that this year's winners will receive the additional funds necessary to help them achieve their DANB certification, continuing education and other professional development 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 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship will be announced in the coming months. To learn more, visit or

About ADAA

America's oldest 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 35,000 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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