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2023 Indigenous Student Bursary

To support graduating Indigenous students, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has partnered with HuFriedyGroup to launch the 2023 Indigenous Student Bursary.

Canada’s colonial policies and practices have had, and continue to have, a devastating impact on Indigenous peoples, particularly with respect to education. As Canadians acknowledge that truth and continue their reconciliation journey, CDHA is joining many organizations in leading efforts to support Indigenous peoples and the ongoing work of establishing mutually respectful relationships. Our bursary initiative is Indigenous led and guided by Indigenous cultures, values, and voices.

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Applications will be accepted from September 1 to December 31, 2023, 11:59 pm ET.

What is the 2023 Indigenous Student Bursary?

The bursary will provide financial support to Indigenous students in the final year of their dental hygiene program, graduating between September 1, 2023, and August 31, 2024. CDHA recognizes the financial burden new graduates face (e.g., fees to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination, regulatory authority registration, and professional association fees). To fund this bursary, CDHA is offering its members the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition HuFriedy EverEdge 204S sickle scaler with orange signature grips in support of their new Indigenous colleagues.

How much is the bursary?

The bursary value will depend on the number of EverEdge 204S sickle scalers sold through CDHA and the number of students who apply for the bursary. The total amount of funds available will be divided equally among all qualified applicants.

What are the eligibility criteria for the bursary?

  • CDHA student membership
    CDHA student membership is FREE for students enrolled in an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program in Canada. Join now at
  • Graduation date from an accredited Canadian dental hygiene program between September 1, 2023, and August 31, 2024
  • Canadian citizenship
  • Proof of Canadian Indigenous status

What is considered “proof of Indigenous status”?*

  • Indian status card
  • Provincial or federal Métis citizenship card
  • Inuit beneficiary card
  • Letter outlining your Indigenous ancestry, community/familial ties or kinship bonds

*An Indigenous-led advisory committee will oversee verification.

Will my application be confidential?

Your application will only be shared with the members of the Indigenous Student Bursary Advisory Committee and the selection committee.

When can I apply?

Applications will be accepted from September 1 to December 31, 2023, 11:59 pm ET.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form and submit it by email with your proof of Indigenous status to Ashley Grandy at Only email applications will be accepted.

When will I receive the bursary?

Disbursement of bursary funds will begin in January 2024. Qualified applicants must submit a copy of their dental hygiene diploma or their official transcript to CDHA prior to receiving the bursary.


For more information, please contact Donna Wells at

CDHA thanks the HuFriedyGroup and the members of the Indigenous Student Bursary Advisory Committee for their contributions and guidance: Stephanie Champagne (RDH), Jennifer David (NVision Insight Group), Paulette Dahlseide (RDH), Leanne Huvenaars (RDH), Drew McClelland (RDH), and Kathy Yerex (RDH).

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