ADEA/Sigma Phi Alpha Linda DeVore Scholarship


The American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Sigma Phi Alpha Linda DeVore Scholarship recognizes the memory and the 30-year dental education career of Professor Linda Rubinstein DeVore.

Prof. DeVore was active in dental hygiene education, scholarship and public service. She served as President of the American Association of Dental Schools (now ADEA) in 1994, and President of the Supreme Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha , the national honorary society of the dental hygiene profession, from 1997–98.


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A $1,500 scholarship is awarded to an individual pursuing allied dental education study at the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree levels.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be enrolled as a part- or full-time student in a course of study in dental hygiene, education or public health (baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to leadership in education or health care; for example, he or she is serving as an exemplary class officer or organizing a major class or schoolwide community service activity.
  • Be in good academic standing in his or her program of study.
  • Be an ADEA Individual Member.

Application Process Checklist

The following items must be submitted by Sept. 12, 2024, using the ADEA online application process.

  1. Transcripts obtained from the candidate’s school registrar verifying academic standing.
  2. A personal statement providing details of personal qualities and leadership experiences.
  3. A letter of nomination from a faculty member addressing the candidate’s leadership qualities.
  4. A letter of support from the applicant’s dean, dental hygiene director or equivalent in an academic setting.

Notification Date and Award Announcement

Scholarship recipients and applicants not receiving awards will be notified by Dec. 6, 2024.

Awards will be announced during the 2025 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, March 8–11, 2025, in National Harbor, MD.


Please contact the ADEA Office of Learning at with questions.

Past Recipients

Ms. Kristen Valenzuela
, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Ms. Rylie Sines, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Ms. Sriteja Penumatcha,Pacific University

Ms. Mallory Edmondson, Indiana University South Bend

Prof. Kathryn Bell, Pacific University

Ms. Amber Lovatos, UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

Ms. Bailey Wilson, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry

Ms. Nadia Kobagi, University of Alberta School of Dentistry

Prof. Wanda Cloet, Central Community College  

Ms. Elizabeth Trujillo, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California 


Prof. Kimberly Bray, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry

Ms. Sarah A. Moeller, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Ms. Kendra A. Kleppe, Old Dominion University College of Health Sciences

Ms. Deborah K. Osborn, College of Southern Nevada

Ms. Marlaina Reich, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry

Ms. Shannon Ann Walker, Medical College of Georgia

Ms. Cherri L. Kading, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Ms. Cynthia Ann Stegeman, University of Cincinnati

Ms. Kelly Muhney, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry