ODHA is proud to offer the following Awards and Scholarships:


ODHA Future Leader Award

The ODHA Future Leader Award is presented to an outstanding graduating dental hygiene student at each of the seven dental hygiene programs in Oregon.

These winners were selected by their peers who feel they have shown potential as a leader with the following qualities: “Leadership, vision, passion, communication skills, assertiveness, dedication, and enthusiasm. 

The recipient will receive a gift from ODHA and will receive opportunities to explore leadership within the association.


Dennis Muir Scholarship and Awards of Excellence 

The Dennis Muir Scholarship Award began in 1990 in honor of Dennis Muir, a longtime supporter of preventive oral healthcare and community volunteerism. During his long working career with Proctor & Gamble, and in his retirement, Dennis has been involved in community service. This scholarship has been established and primarily funded by donations and sales of license mats.

To be eligible for the Dennis Muir Scholarship, the applicant must be an Oregon resident, a first year dental hygiene student attending an Oregon program, and have at least a 3.0 GPA at the completion of the first term/semester of their dental hygiene program.

Applicants are evaluated on their scholarship, leadership, compassion, ethical standards, community service, and communication skills.

One Scholarship is presented each year at the ODHA Annual Meeting. The top applicant from each school not receiving the Dennis Muir Scholarship will be presented with an Award of Excellence.

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Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship

The Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship that was formed in 1997 by ODHA's Professional Development Council to honor the memory of Lois Whitford. Lois was a very influential leader within Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

This scholarship is offered annually in the spring to the graduating dental hygiene students and is based on the submission of an essay selected by a committee of former students of Lois Whitford.

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