Apply now to the Award of Distinction Dental Hygienists!

We are delighted to inform you that, in partnership with the European Dental Hygienist Foundation, the Sunstar Foundation is launching a new edition of the Award of Distinction Dental Hygienists. This initiative seeks to acknowledge and celebrate excellence among registered dental hygienists throughout Europe. 

As of January 16, 2024, the application process is officially underway. Nomination involves providing thoughtful responses to a set of questions (150-350 words per answer), delving into the impactful initiatives undertaken to elevate the dental hygiene profession. Nominations are open for registered dental hygienists, allowing you to nominate either yourself or a deserving colleague. 

The application deadline is April 15, 2024, with the winners scheduled to be announced in July. 

There are 6 categories that your contributions may fall under, including:  

Public Health: Focused on preventing and controlling dental disease while promoting dental health through organized community programs. 

Full-Time Clinician: Providing direct patient care for 32+ hours per week across various practice areas. 

Academia: A full-time position involved in dental hygiene programs, dedicated to educating and mentoring future dental hygienists. 

Entrepreneur: Recognizing individuals who organize and promote personal businesses to benefit dental professionals or patients. 

New RDH: Geared towards graduates within the last five years, concentrating on making a difference in their community, with patients, or in entrepreneurial programs. 

Research: For authors of peer-reviewed research papers within the past three years, excluding focused or sponsored product content. 

A distinguished committee, comprised of internationally renowned dental hygienists carefully selected by the European Dental Hygienist Foundation, will meticulously review and evaluate all applications. 

In each of the six categories, one outstanding individual will be selected as the winner, totalling six distinguished recipients. Each winner will be awarded 1000 EUR. Moreover, winners of the Awards of Distinction will receive automatic nominations for the World Dental Hygienist Awards. This accolade also grants winners the exciting opportunity to possibly secure a trip to the bi-annual International Symposium of Dental Hygiene, providing a prestigious platform to acknowledge their exceptional contributions to the field. 

We invite you to seize this opportunity to showcase your excellence and contribute to the elevation of the dental hygiene profession. Apply today and be part of this distinguished recognition!