Advanced Education, Dental Hygiene, Scholarships

McLeod Receives ADHA Sigma Phi Alpha Graduate Scholarship

Caroline Dunham McLeod, BSDH, RDH, was selected as the 2019 recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s Sigma Phi Alpha Graduate Scholarship.   

ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who demonstrate a commitment to advance the discipline of dental hygiene. The Sigma Phi Alpha graduate scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student pursuing a graduate degree in dental hygiene or related field. Scholarship winners receive $1,000.  

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American Dental Hygienists Association and receive this scholarship. It will greatly help me to continue my education as I pursue a career in academics,” said McLeod, Master of Science in dental hygiene education Candidate 2020. 

McLeod graduated from the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 2018. She works part time as a registered dental hygienist while pursuing her Master of Science degree in dental hygiene education at the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry. Her research interests include teledentistry and access to dental care.  

Currently, McLeod serves as a co-chair for the Durham-Orange Dental Hygiene Component of the North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She was recently recognized as a Hinman Scholar during their 106th Annual Meeting. 

The Sigma Phi Alpha award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Inc. and Sigma Phi Alpha.  

Founded in 1923, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists across the country.