CDHA Foundation

What is DHAI

Dental Hygiene Associates, Inc. (DHAI) is the non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation for CDHA; all donations are tax deductible.

Purpose and Goals

The most current objective is raising funds for dental hygiene student scholarships. DHAI plans to fund future scholarships for dental hygienists to advance their educational goals. DHAI also serves as a grant administrator for hygienists and components.

Board of Directors

The Board consists of the CDHA Immediate Past President, the CDHA Secretary/Treasurer and three CDHA members at large, all appointed by the CDHA President. The elected CDHA officers shall serve with their term as officers of CDHA until their successors are elected and qualified. The three members at large shall each serve a three year term, non-concurrently.


  • To increase public access to quality dental hygiene and preventive services by licensed dental hygienists.
  • To encourage and promote professional advancement through scholarship and quality research, in collaboration with CDHA.
  • To broaden the capabilities of dental hygienists, thereby strengthening health manpower resources and creating alternate employment opportunities for licensed dental hygienists.
  • To solicit and receive donations for scholarships and for the support of dental hygiene research promoting public welfare.
  • Act as an organization according to IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) and to operate as a subsidiary organization of CDHA according to IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
  • Promote community-based interventions and prevention of oral disease toward advancement of oral health.

Current Board

Lygia Jolley, Chair
Nani Ieremia, Member at Large
Carrie Sharp, Member at Large
Yvette Warren, Chief Financial Officer
Beth Wilson, CDHA Immediate Past President
Jenifer McDonald, CDHA Executive Administrator

Cora Ueland Scholarship for California Dental Hygiene Students

Cora Ueland was founder and first director of the USC Dental Hygiene Program. She was director for 28 years, 1928-1956. Ms. Ueland received her dental hygiene certificate in 1920 from the University of Minnesota. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree from USC.

During her tenure at USC she served as ADHA President from 1929-30. During her Presidential Address at the 1930 ADHA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, she challenged the attending educators to “produce women who can educate and think in terms of highest service and that education is not a static thing, but is ever changing to meet the requirements of the people.” Her address further stated, “that we urge members of our profession everywhere that ours is a needed and important profession, and that our responsibility is as great as that of any other line of human endeavor.”

It was during her time at USC the Cora Ueland Loan Program was created for students to assist them in times of financial need. This loan program was transferred to CDHA and subsequently became a scholarship program which continues to this day.

To carry on the goal of Cora Ueland to support and encourage dental hygiene students, DHAI actively promotes and requests donations from anyone interested in dental hygiene students and education.

2020 Cora Ueland Scholarship Applications

Dental Hygiene Associates Incorporated (DHAI), a nonprofit corporation created in 1980 by the California Dental Hygienists’ Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Cora Ueland Scholarship for dental hygiene students. This scholarship was first established in the 1950s in the memory of Cora Ueland, founder and director of the dental hygiene program at the University of Southern California. Supported by individual and component donations, the fund was distributed in the past as a loan to eligible students. In 1998, the CDHA Board of Trustees voted to convert the loan into a scholarship. Four $1,500 awards are awarded each year to two (2) first year and two (2) second year students. The second year scholarship award includes a DHAI grant for CDHA New Professional Membership.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be a Student Member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and have paid the 2019-2020 student fees.

  • Student must be enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene program in California.
  • Student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale) from the time that they have been enrolled in the dental hygiene curriculum.
  • Recipients cannot be DHAI Directors, CDHA Officers, Trustees, employees or any of their relatives.
  • Student must be a Junior or Senior on the deadline date and this is the category they can apply for and be judged. They cannot be a graduated student on the deadline date and apply for the scholarship.

Apply Now!

Click here to download the 2020 Cora Ueland Scholarship announcement.

Click here to download the 2020 Cora Ueland application. Applications are due by April 30, 2020.

Congratulations to the 2019 Cora Ueland Scholarship Winners!

1st Year Student Winners
Lorraine Gonzalez – Southwestern College
Nakisa Golabi – Diablo Valley College

2nd Year Student Winners
Karen Sakura Sanford – Diablo Valley College
Rachel Berry Huff – Foothill College

How YOU Can Help

Please make donations by check payable to DHAI

Mail to:
Dental Hygiene Associates, Inc.
1900 Point West Way, Suite 222
Sacramento, CA 95815-4706

Or you can make a donation online by credit card.