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Lou Barrett Scholarship, Established in 2018 Louise Barrett

Louise M. Barrett was passionate about the profession of dental hygiene the moment she graduated from The Ohio State University in 1958 and received her dental hygiene license. Prior to attending college, Louise proudly served two years in the U. S. Air Force. Louise was past president of the Dayton Dental Hygienists’ Association and two-terms as president of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association. She also served many years as Sergeant of Arms for the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association. As a respected ODHA member, she was elected to serve as Delegate to ADHA numerous times. She befriended and mentored many dental hygienists throughout the state. Her laugh, smile, friendship, and never knowing a stranger was her gift to all of us.

Established in 2018, this scholarship honors Louise M. Barrett, RDH, for her years of service and contribution to the profession of dental hygiene. Applicants must be enrolled in an Ohio associate or baccalaureate dental hygiene program and must have completed a minimum of one year; be a student member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association; display a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate personal and professional qualities reflecting those of Ms. Barrett. Applications for this annual scholarship must be electronically submitted by the stated deadline to the current ODHA Chairperson of Student Council. This scholarship will be awarded at the ODHA Annual Session.

Click here for the 2019 Lou Barrett Scholarship Application. Deadline for submission is October 15, 2019.




Clifford Jones Memorial Outreach Grant:      Clifford Jones RDH

This grant recognizes and supports a program that delivers pro bono dental hygiene services to the underserved or at-risk populations by providing a minimum of $250, or funds as allocated in the ODHA budget.


This outreach grant is in honor and memory of the beloved Clifford Jones. Clifford received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Erskine College in South Carolina. He entered the US Army in 1979 where he served his country as a dental hygienist. He was honorably discharged after serving 3 years. He attended Raymond Walters College in Cincinnati and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in 1984. He was the first male graduate of the program and helped reign in the 28 female classmates. In 2006, the college recognized him for his outstanding contributions to the community as a Distinguished Alumni. In 2003, he earned his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University.


Cliff was the first male president of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association and served from 2004-2005. In 2005, he was presented a resolution from the city of Cincinnati for the honor of being the first male president. Throughout his tenure with ODHA, he was the recipient of the 2000 Gail Benninger Award and the 2005 Outstanding Effort Award for his efforts in Government Relations. He served as Cincinnati Trustee, Sargent of Arms, O-Hy-Pac Director, Vice President and ADHA Reference Committee. He was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve on the Ohio State Dental Board as a Dental Hygiene Representative in 2007. His position on the Board allowed him to become a North East Regional Board Dental Examiner. In addition to the dental field, Clifford was also a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the American College of Health Care Executives, Co-Chairman of the Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless and was wrestling referee for 25 years with the Ohio Athletic Association. Clifford had a smile that was contagious and his heart was ever-so warm. His spirit was always positive and he strengthened many with his kind words and intellect.

Deadline for submission of application is October 15, 2019.

Click here for the 2019 Clifford Jones Memorial Outreach Grant Application.

Clifford Jones Memorial Outreach Grant Winners:                                          

2017: Michele LaBasi
2015: Michele LaBasi
2013: Clifford Jones

Global Outreach Scholarship Winners:
Deborah Fulks
2011: Deborah Fulks                                                           
2010: Christine Byrne
2009: Sue Bartoo
2008: Krista Ventresco
2007: Sue Bartoo
2006: Beth Monnin



The Christopher L. Simmons Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Professor Chris Simmons. Chris earned a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Dental Hygiene from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He began his career in Dental Hygiene Education at Owens Technical College in 1978.

Chris was both a role model and an advocate for life-long learning. This was evidenced not only by his advanced degrees, but also by being inducted into the Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies.

Chris was committed to Professional Dental Hygiene. He was active in the Toledo, Ohio, and American Dental Hygienists’ Associations. He also held memberships in the American Association of Dental Schools and the Ohio Expanded Functions Association.

Mr. Simmons was active on the Owens Community College campus in a variety of activities. He was very much a part of the Owens Community College Family. Chris had a keen understanding of volunteerism and practiced it on a routine basis. He was a dedicated educator and maintained high academic standards.

In addition to his professional and career related activities, Chris also owned, managed, and maintained six rental units at three locations. His interests included travel, music, movies, and fine dining. Chris loved to dance, played golf, and was an avid University of Michigan football fan. Gardening became a passion with him over the last several years of his life and his Kipling Street address boasted a “showcase” yard.

It wouldn’t be fair to discuss Chris and not mention his humor. Chris was a wonderful storyteller; he constantly had a joke to tell. But, he will most be remembered for the practical jokes that he played on everyone. It was not unusual for friends to find that they were on a list of interested Army recruits, an applicant in the Mrs. Ohio Beauty Contest or enrolled in modeling school. He was master of the telephone hoax. He would be an irate client, a student who needed desperately to be seen by an advisor but could only come in on Saturdays, an irate applicant for the program or someone who wanted information but could never quite get out what information they wanted. The worst of it was that, although everyone knew his history of the telephone hoax, they fell for it time and time again.

When the faculty decided to honor Christopher L. Simmons by establishing a student/graduate award in his name, they wanted the criteria to reflect those attributes that Chris possessed and demonstrated. They wanted to recognize a student who had demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to life long learning, community service, professional association involvement, rapport of faculty and a future vision through the development of personal and professional goals.

The faculty would like me to thank those students who took the time and effort to complete the application for this award. As with the selection of all honor awards, it was a very difficult decision to make. The recipient of this award will receive a framed certificate and will also have their name placed on a permanent annual plaque located on the second floor of the Health Technologies Hall. The recipient will also be recognized during the graduation ceremony. Abigail Stapleton, Christopher Simmons Scholarship Winner on left, and Suzy Savanick, Presenter, on right

Contributions to the Christopher Simmons Student Scholarship may be mailed to:

Beth Monnin 

1337 Winchester Dr.

Troy, OH 45373




QUESTIONS? Please, contact Beth Monnin  directly:



The Christopher L. Simmons Memorial Scholarship Application SUBMISSION DEADLINE, October 15, 2019

Download the 2019 Christopher L. Simmons Memorial Scholarship Application here. 


O.D.H.A. Gail Benninger Member Scholarship

The ODHA Member Scholarship has been in existence for many years and was renamed the O.D.H.A. Gail Benninger Member Scholarship in honor of an outstandingly professional and dedicated ODHA member. Gail received her bachelor¹s degree from the Ohio State University Dental Hygiene Program and her master¹s degree from the University of Akron. Gail Benninger, RDH, MS, was an active ODHA member for several years serving in many capacities not the least of which was her term as ODHA President 1984-85 She was tireless in her efforts toward legislative initiatives in Ohio, compassionate about fluoridation campaigning and drafting infection control standards that guide us today. Outside of ODHA, Gail served as Clinical and Preventive Services Coordinator at the Bureau of Oral Health Services, Ohio Department of Health, where she was also a very valued and honored employee.


Click here to access the 2019 Gail Benninger Scholarship Application.
Gail Benniger Award  2016     Katie Camp on left, Recipient.            Jamie Krobb on right, Presenter




ODHA Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies


Anne Missig, left, and Michele LeBasi, right, Senior members of the Academy of Dental Hygiene




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