Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant

Rosie Wall was a dental hygienist who advanced the profession of dental hygiene, encouraged others to get involved, and discovered and initiated new territories of community service opportunities for dental hygiene professionals, inspiring and encouraging all dental hygienists she met to partiicpate in their professional organizations and to serve their communities. While a leader and a driving force behind the Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association for nearly 30 years, she served at the component, constituent and national levels, including numerous years as an ADHA Delegate and as the ADHA District XII Trustee.


The Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant, in an amount typically ranging from $1,000-$3,000 per grantee, will be presented to up to six applicants (dependent on funding) who are involved in a specific community service project. 

The project should demonstrate its capacity to improve the public's overall health, and may relate to dental, medical or mental health. 

The purpose of the Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant is to foster awareness of and intervention in community health concerns. This grant program is designed to encourage dental hygienists to design and implement community health projects or continuing existing projects.

Typical Award Amount (dependent on funding): $1,000 - $3,000

Number of recipients: up to 6, depending on funding: one student applicant; one applicant from Hawaii and four applicants from other parts of the United States

Program Eligibility Requirements

Applicants who are licensed dental hygienists or students pursuing a dental hygiene degree are eligible.
Current ADHA Institute Board of Directors and ADHA Board of Trustees may not apply for the Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant. Members of the Community Service Grant Review Committee may not apply as principal investigators but may do so in another capacity (i.e. secondary investigators, mentors, etc.)

Eligibility for this grant allows a practicing dental hygienist, group of hygienists, or an interdisciplinary team of professionals including a dental hygienist and/or dental hygiene student to apply with these considerations:

  • Demonstrate involvement in outstanding activities with a community health program or project, which may include dental, medical and/or mental health enhancement
  • Illustrate that health education is one element of the project
  • Show that these activities enhance the public view of the professional role dental hygienists play in health improvement.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a United States citizen who is either a licensed dental hygienist or a student pursuing a dental hygiene degree
  • The project setting is in the United States
  • Applicant must be a current ADHA member
  • Current ADHA Institute Board of Directors, ADHA Board of Trustees, and members of the Community Service Grant Review Committee may not apply as principal investigators