The Healthy Children Project Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the first phase of our Accessing the Milky Way Scholarship initiative. This first phase of the Accessing the Milky Way Scholarship initiative was earmarked for Black individuals working or seeking to work within their communities of color to better the lives of mothers, parents, and babies through breastfeeding. We received nearly 400 applicants and nominations and our decisions were not easy.
The people listed above have received a full scholarship that covers tuition for the online Lactation Counselor Training Course. However, there are two fixed costs that cannot be covered by the scholarship. The cost of the textbook is $75.75 and the fee to take the exam after the class (administered by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice) is $120. This additional $195.95 is another barrier to BIPOC getting training that will support the families in their communities. Healthy Children Project faculty, in partnership with the larger lactation community, is working to raise a total of $4900 which would cover these fixed costs for all 25 recipients of the scholarship. We invite anyone who is interested in growing this fund to visit the GoFundMe page here.
With your help, we can all make a difference.