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The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. Scholarships and Awards Applications

The following awards and scholarships are offered by the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. Award applications currently being accepted have applications listed for download. 


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Recognition Awards/Honors

Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award – the Foundation’s most prestigious award!

  • To be awarded in 2017

The purpose of this award is to support unsung heroines of midwifery in a manner consistent with the spirit and energy of Dorothea Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM, Past-President of ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation.

Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award

  • To be awarded in 2017

The intention of this award is to present a national award of recognition to a obstetrician/gynecologist who has been a champion/supporter of midwifery practice. This is a joint award given by The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc., American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the Midwifery Business Network.

Midwifery Student Scholarships & Awards

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships

  • To be awarded in 2017

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships are awarded to midwifery students to support education expenses for the purpose of encouraging individuals to pursue or complete basic midwifery education, thereby increasing the number, quality and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Several basic scholarships are given annually, including the following endowed scholarships:  Midwives of Color-Watson Scholarship, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care Scholarship, and the Edith B Wonnell CNM Scholarship. Memorial Scholarships are also awarded as funding allows. All applicants are judged on academic excellence, financial need and leadership potential criteria

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships funded via endowed scholarships with specific eligibility requirements include: 

Midwives of Color-Watson Midwifery Student Scholarship - This is a Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship awarded to student midwives of color. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the number of midwives of color through support of scholarship awards, thereby increasing the number, quality and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

Edith B. Wonnell CNM Scholarship - This Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship awarded to student midwives who intend to work in an out-of-hospital setting – birth center or home birth - upon graduation. The purpose and award criteria are identical to the Basic Student Scholarship

Varney Participant Award

  • To be awarded in 2017

This award enables student midwives to attend and participate in the ACNM Annual Meeting under the mentorship of an established leader in the field of midwifery. Originally the mentor was Helen Varney Burst; for whom the award is named; now the mentor is Mary Brucker, CNM, PhD, FACNM.

Twentieth Century Midwives Student Interview Project Award

  • Enrollment Deadline: February 15
  • Completed Project Deadline: April 1

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Student midwives who are members of ACNM who are enrolled in an ACME-accredited midwifery education program and participate in the A.C.N.M. Foundation’s Twentieth Century Midwives Student Interview Project are eligible for this award.  Student interviews are one important aspect of the Twentieth Century Midwives Story Collection of the Foundation’s Midwifery Legacies Project. Students meet and interview a senior midwife, record her/his story and write a reflection essay that focuses on what they learned from the midwife they interviewed and how their listening to the senior midwife may influence their midwifery career. Awards are given annually to the student(s) who submit the most outstanding interview and reflection essay.

Graduate Education Scholarships for Midwives

Fellowship for Graduate Education

  • To be awarded in 2017

    This award provides a monetary grant that allows CNM/CMs actively enrolled in doctoral or post-doctoral studies to pursue graduate education and research. Initiated and funded for 10 years by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, more recently funding has come from The Teresa Marsico Endowed Scholarship.

    Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color

    The Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color is awarded to a CNM/CM of color who is actively enrolled in doctoral or post-doctoral education. This award is named in honor of three of our most distinguished midwives of color:  Betty Watts Carrington, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Lily Hsia, CNM, PNP, MSN, FACNM; and Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, FACNM.  Funding comes from the Foundation’s Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund.

    Global Health Awards

    Jeanne Raisler International Award for Midwifery

    This award, which honors the memory of Jeanne Raisler, CNM, DrPH, FACNM and her commitment to midwifery and international women’s health issues, supports midwives to become involved in global midwifery issues. It enables recipients to gain experience in international midwifery through participation in a project designed to improve the health of women in a developing country.

    Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen International Midwife Award

    • Application Period To Be Announced.

    This award honors the memory of Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen, CNM, and is given to an international midwife to encourage her/him to follow Bonnie's path of leadership, vision and significant contributions to the profession of midwifery and international reproductive health, particularly in developing countries.

    Leadership, Research and Policy Initiatives

    W. Newton Long Award

    • To be awarded in 2017

    This award is given to a midwife (CNM/CM) to fund projects which relate to the advancement of midwifery. The following types of activities may be eligible for this award: Advancement of midwifery clinical skills; advancement of midwifery through research and/or the dissemination of midwifery research; promotion of professional midwifery; presentations at medical or midwifery conferences; establishment of new midwifery practices/services; and/or study of different aspects of midwifery practice in the U.S. and abroad.

    Thacher Midwifery Leadership Fellowship

    • To be awarded in 2017

    The Thacher Fellowship enable ACNM members to build leadership skills in business management and marketing midwifery practices. The award will help cover the costs of attending the annual Midwifery Business Network meeting – MidwiferyWorks!. “Thacher Fellows” enjoy the incredible mentorship of midwifery business leaders, conference attendees and past Thacher Fellows. Awards are made possible through the generous support of the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment, matched by donations from the Midwifery Business Network.  

    Deanne R. Williams Public Policy Fellowship

    This fellowship was established in honor of former ACNM executive director Deanne Williams’ long and distinguished career in midwifery and public policy. Funding for the first award, which led to the 2010 white paper entitled: “Positioning Midwifery in Health System Reform: A Policy Review” was augmented with funds from The Teresa Marsico Memorial Fund. 

    Community-Based Projects and Awards

    Thacher Community Grants

    These grants are intended to support small, yet high impact community-based projects designed to promote excellence in health care for women, infants and families worldwide. This award is ideal for midwives caring for underserved populations, retired midwives, and community activists. Preference is given to community projects that address one of the following general areas: leadership development at the community level, care for women with physical or mental illness or disability or care of underserved populations, especially those in low-resource settings. Awards are made possible through the generous support of the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment.

    Texas Midwifery Creation Scholarship 

    This scholarship was established in 2016 by the Texas Affiliate of ACNM – the Consortium for Texas Certified Nurse-Midwives (CTCNM) - as a means of increasing the number of practicing CNMs/CMs in Texas. Eligible applicants will be a student member of ACNM, enrolled as a student in good standing at an ACME accredited or pre-accredited basic midwifery education program, with a stated intention to practice midwifery in Texas after graduation.  Priority will be given to applicants with Texas roots by virtue of residence, family, education or prior clinical work in Texas. This scholarship will be given in honor of individuals who have contributed to midwifery in Texas through clinical practice, education or advocacy. The first scholarship will be given in honor of legendary Texas midwife, Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, FACNM. 

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    Support the Teresa Marsico Memorial Fund and Help Fulfill ACNM’s Strategic Plan

    Donors to the A.C.N.M. Foundation can help ACNM achieve their 2015-2020 Strategic Plan by designating their monies to the “Marsico Fund” when making contributions at:

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