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CDHA Scholarship Program

CDHA is proud to offer its scholarship program for a third year, in support of registered dental hygienists across Canada who have chosen to advance their education. CDHA’s mission is to support its members in providing quality preventive and therapeutic oral health care and health promotion for all persons living in Canada. The scholarship program does just that.

The 2023 application process is NOW OPEN.


Five awards are available at $1,000 each.

Note: award cheques will be made payable to the academic institution in which the recipient is enrolled.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be a current CDHA member
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or be a permanent resident of Canada
  • Have an active certificate of registration/licence to practise with the dental hygiene regulatory authority in your province/territory
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program in a recognized Canadian educational institution in a field that will enable you to provide quality preventive and therapeutic oral health care and health promotion for persons living in Canada
  • Have dental hygiene practice experience (minimum of 16 hours/week) prior to enrolment in the degree program

Note: Previous scholarship award recipients are not eligible to reapply.

Application Deadline

Friday, October 27, 2023, 11:59 pm ET

Application Package

The following documents must be submitted by email to Joanna Zito by the application deadline

  • Application form
  • Proof of educational program enrolment and/or acceptance letter from the academic institution
  • All academic transcript(s) including dental hygiene program transcript(s)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Essay (see application form)
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Appendix A: Candidate Appraisal Form

See application form for more details.

CDHA will acknowledge receipt of documents. However, it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure all items are received by the application deadline. Incomplete packages or documents received after the application deadline will NOT be considered.

Evaluation Rubric

Each qualified application will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to lifelong learning and evidence of self-reflection
  • Commitment to professionalism, social responsibility, and serving the community
  • Essay quality indicators:
    • Clear description of anticipated contribution to CDHA’s mission statement
    • Compelling nature of the essay and the graduate/research project
    • Organization, structure, grammar, and vocabulary
  • Overall strength of the application, including the referees’ and appraiser’s comments
  • Other accomplishments: past academic performance (e.g., GPA, awards, and honours) and work experience

Key Dates

Scholarship Program Opens

Friday, August 4, 2023

Application Deadline

Friday, October 27, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET

Award Notification

Early January 2024

Award Cheque Release Date

By February 1, 2024