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Thank you for your interest in The ADHA Institute for Oral Health.

Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdD
2022 – 2023 IOH Chair, 
The ADHA Institute for Oral Health


In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

Please make a donation today!  You may select one of the funds below or your gift can be directed to Greatest Need to support IOH programs.

Greatest Need

  • Greatest Need

    Donations to Greatest Need will directly support the Institute for Oral Health general operating costs.

Research Grants

  • IOH General Research Grant Program

    The IOH Research Grant Program supports advancements in the dental hygiene field through the discovery and application of knowledge which includes original research, developmental prospects, and qualitative and quantitative research. Donations to this fund provide direct support for Research Grants.

Scholarship Funds

  • General Scholarship Fund

    ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Scholarship Program develops dental hygienists’ access to educational programs. Scholarships help offset tuition costs for dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who demonstrate a commitment to advance the profession. Donations may be made to the General Scholarship Fund or one of the specific scholarships listed below

  • Carol Bauhs Benson Scholarship

    The scholarship was established in memory of Carol Bauhs Benson. It is awarded to a student pursuing an Associate degree and who resides in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

  • Wilma Motley Scholarship

    The scholarship was established in memory of Wilma E. Motley. It is awarded to a student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.

  • Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship

    The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students a school with an active chapter of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. The student may be a potential future Sigma Phi Alpha member or a current member in good standing.

  • Dr. Esther Wilkins Scholarship

    The scholarship was established by Dr. Esther Wilkins. It is awarded to students pursuing additional degrees necessary for a career in dental hygiene education.

  • Alice Hinchcliffe Williams, RDH, MS Merit Scholarship

    The scholarship is funded by the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association Foundation to honor their deceased colleague and benefactor who helped to establish the VDHA Foundation. It is awarded to a student who is a resident of Virginia.

  • Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship

    The scholarship is in honor of Irene Woodall. It is awarded to a student seeking a graduate degree in dental hygiene or a related field.

Community Service Grants

  • Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grant

    The Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grant fosters collaborative efforts between individuals or local components of the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association and community agencies servicing underserved populations to provide the preventive benefits of fluoride varnish for underserved populations.

  • Rosie Wall Community Service Grant

    The community service grant was established in honor of Rosie Wall. This program provides funding for a specific community health or research project which includes health education.

State Donations

  • To donate, please select a state from the list above.

    All donations directly support IOH and this state's fundraising goal.

General Inquiries and Program Information:


Mailing Address:
ADHA Institute for Oral Health
444 N Michigan Ave, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60611

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.