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

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

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Please click on the links below to download this year's application materials. All submissions are accepted electronically at [email protected]


Recognition Awards/Honors


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

  • To be awarded in 2016

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.

Therese Dondero Award

The Therese Dondero Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1986 to fund an annual lecture in honor of Therese Dondero, CNM and keep alive the midwifery goals and ideals that Therese represented as the founder of the North Central Bronx Nurse-Midwifery Service in New York.

  • To be awarded in 2016

Louis M. Hellman Midwifery Partnership Award

  • To be awarded in 2016

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.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Staff Appreciation Award

  • To be awarded in 2016

This small monetary award is given annually to a member of the ACNM staff who through their activities as a staff member for ACNM best exemplifies the Foundation mission of supporting excellence in midwifery.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award

    • Beginning September 1, 2015, this award will be administered by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

        This non-monetary recognition is given in honor of one teacher from every ACME pre-accredited/accredited education program each year. Candidates are recommended by the students in each program.

        Clinical Stars Award


        • Beginning September 1, 2015, this award will be administered by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

        This non-monetary recognition is given in honor of midwives in clinical practice for 25 or more years who are members of ACNM. Nominations are made by ACNM affiliates and local groups of midwives as a means of honoring their own stars.


        Scholarships (Basic Midwifery & Graduate Education)


        Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships

        • To be awarded in 2016

        Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships are given to support midwifery students’ education expenses. Applicants must be student members of ACNM and enrolled in an AMCB-accredited midwifery education program.  Applications are judged on academic excellence, financial need and leadership potential criteria. The purpose is to encourage individuals to pursue or complete basic midwifery education, thereby increasing the number, quality and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

        Midwives of Color-Watson Midwifery Student Scholarship

        This is a Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship awarded to student midwives of color. The applicants are judged on academic excellence, financial need and leadership potential criteria. 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.

        GlaxoSmithKline - TUMS Calcium for Life Consumer Health Care Scholarship

        The purpose and criteria of this scholarship are identical to the Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships.

        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.

        A.C.N.M. Foundation Memorial Scholarship

        The purpose and criteria of this scholarship are identical to the Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships. The scholarship is given by the ACNM Foundation Board (as funding allows) in memory of those for whom memorial donations have been given in the previous year.

        A.C.N.M. Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Education

        • To be awarded in 2016

        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. If Marsico funding is used, more specific eligibility criteria may apply because priority is to be given to minority students.

        Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color


        The first Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color will be awarded in 2015 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.  Funded from the A.C.N.M. Foundation’s Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund.


        Other Student Opportunities


        Varney Participant Award

        • To be awarded in 2016

        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: 2016 to be announced
        • Completed Project Deadline: 2016 to be announced

        Student midwives who are members of ACNM, are enrolled in an AMCB-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 Midwifery Legacies Project Twentieth Century Midwives Story Collection. Students meet and interview an elder 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.

        The Twentieth Century Midwives – Midwife-to-Midwife Interview Project


        The Twentieth Century Midwives – Midwife-to-Midwife Interview Project  began in 2015 and along with the Student Interview Project, has collected numerous personal and professional histories of senior midwives. The stories, along with the interviewer names, are archived at the A.C.N.M. Foundation headquarters as part of the Twentieth Century Midwives Story Collection. Interview content is used in print and electronic form to publicize the midwifery profession.

        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

              • To be awarded in 2016

              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.

              Other Opportunities – Leadership, Research and Special Initiatives


              W. Newton Long Award

              • To be awarded in 2016

              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-MBN Leadership Development Fellowship


              The Thacher Fellowship awards enable ACNM members to build leadership skills in business management and marketing midwifery practices. The award will help cover the costs of attending the Midwifery Business Network meeting – MidwiferyWorks! 2015 - November 5-8, 2015. “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 (MBN).  

              Thacher Community Grant Awards


              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.

              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.

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