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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 below for download.

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Recognition Awards/Honors


Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award ~ The Foundation's most prestigious award!

The Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award honors exceptional CNM/CM members of ACNM who have exhibited vision, leadership, and innovation in one or more of the following ways:

     - demonstrated what midwifery care could and should be on the health team
     - pioneered the integration of midwifery into the health care system
     - initiated/rescued/enhanced/saved a midwifery service and/or education program
     - fostered/created open-minded pathways in education for professional midwives
     - furthered the legislative agenda for full scope midwifery practice

Nominees must also be certified for 20 years or more and not be a recipient of ACNM’s Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. Those honored with this award receive a monetary gift that may be used to enhance themselves or their work at their discretion.

Application deadline to be announced for 2022

Louis M Hellman MD Midwifery Partnership Award


The Louis M Hellman MD Midwifery Partnership Award is given jointly by The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc., the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the Midwifery Business Network. The award recognizes an obstetrician gynecologist who has been a champion/supporter of midwifery practice. The physician must be a Fellow or Junior Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrician-Gynecologists (ACOG.)

Application deadline to be announced.


Midwifery Student Scholarships & Awards


Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships


Basic scholarships are awarded to student members of ACNM to support basic midwifery education expenses, 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 and professional excellence, plans to promote health equity, leadership potential, and financial need.

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships with specific eligibility requirements include:


Midwives of Color-Watson Midwifery Student Scholarship
- awarded to student midwives of color for the purpose of enhancing student success, thereby increasing the number of midwives of color in the profession of midwifery.

Edith B. Wonnell CNM Scholarship
- awarded to student midwives who intend to work in an out-of-hospital setting, birth center or home birth, upon graduation.

Students interested in these scholarships apply using the Basic Student Scholarship Application.

Application deadline to be announced for 2022

Twentieth Century Midwives Student Interview Project Award

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.

On Hold Until Further Notice

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Graduate Education Scholarships for Midwives

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. Applicants are judged on excellence in the following areas: academic achievement/career plans, leadership potential, quality of a scholarly work sample, intended use of funds, future contributions to ACNM and midwifery, and academic recommendations. This award is funded through the Foundation's Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund.

Application deadline September 12, 2021
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Fellowship for Graduate Education

The Fellowship for Graduate Education is awarded to CNM/CM members of ACNM who are enrolled in practice-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education (i.e., DNP, DM, DrPH, etc.). The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage CNM/CMs to pursue graduate education that prepares them for leadership roles in clinical/practice administration, education, diversity/equity, research or policy. Applicants are judged on excellence in the following areas: academic achievement/career plans, leadership potential, quality of a scholarly work sample, intended use of funds, future contributions to ACNM and midwifery, and academic recommendations.

Application deadline to be announced for 2022

Dianne S. Moore Midwifery Research Scholarship


The Dianne S. Moore Midwifery Research Scholarship is awarded to CNM/CM members of ACNM enrolled in research-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education (i.e., PhD, ScD, DNSc, etc.). The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage CNM/CMs to pursue doctoral education that prepares them for leadership roles in midwifery and public health, while also pursuing evidence-based research focused on innovative and unconventional approaches designed to improve maternal and child health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity. Applicants are judged on excellence in the following areas: academic achievement/career plans, leadership potential, quality of a scholarly work sample, intended use of funds, future contributions to ACNM and midwifery, and academic recommendations.

Application deadline to be announced for 2022

Leadership, Research and Policy Initiatives


W. Newton Long Award for the Advancement of Midwifery


This award honors the memory of W. Newton Long, MD, a longtime supporter of midwives, midwifery practice, and midwifery research in the diverse settings in which he practiced as an OB/GYN, for example the Indian Health Service, the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. This award is intended to fund projects or activities of CNM/CM members of ACNM related to the advancement of midwifery in one of the following ways:

     - 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
     - study of different aspects of midwifery practice in the U.S. and abroad

Application deadline to be announced for 2022

Varney A.C.N.M. Foundation Leadership Award


The Varney A.C.N.M. Foundation Leadership Award enables two student members of ACNM to participate in a unique mentored student leadership experience. Award recipients will attend a one-day LEAD (Learn, Engage, Ascend, Deliver) Leadership Development Program on Sept. 30, 2021, followed by two days at the annual ACNM Midwifery Works Conference on October 1-2, 2021, both held in Memphis, Tennessee. The $1,500 award will cover the cost of travel to the conference and other expenses; registration and accommodation costs will be complimentary. Mentorship will be provided by the A.C.N.M. Foundation's Chief Programs & DEI Officer, Maria Valentin-Welch, CNM, DNP, MPH, CDP, FACNM, along with past Varney Award winners. These awards are made possible through the generous financial support of Helen Varney Burst, MSN, CNM, DHL (Hon.), FACNM.

Application deadline to be announced for 2022


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 ACNM members 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.

Application deadline to be announced in Summer 2021


Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen International Midwife Award


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.

Application deadline for 2022 to be announced in Fall 2021


Thacher Midwifery Leadership Fellowship


The Thacher Midwifery Leadership Fellowship enables ACNM members to build leadership skills in business management and marketing midwifery practices. The award will help cover the costs of attending the annual conference - Midwifery Works. Thacher Fellows enjoy the invaluable 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.

Application deadline to be announced for 2022

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.

Future application deadlines to be determined

Community-Based Projects and Awards


Thacher Community Grants


The Thacher Community Grant supports small yet high impact community-based projects that promote excellence in health care for women, infants, and families worldwide, especially those that show innovative means to meet their communities’ needs. Preference in 2020/2021 will be given to projects that address community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those that target racial inequity and/or health disparities; care for people with physical or mental illness and disability; and/or care of populations in low-resource settings. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply; especially midwives, students, retirees, community groups, advocates, and other health professionals who work with under-resourced communities. Funding for these grants is provided by the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment.

Application deadline to be announced in Summer 2021

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 is given to students with Texas roots (such as residence, family, education, or prior clinical work in Texas), and preference to applicants who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. 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 was given in honor of legendary Texas midwives Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, FACNM and Sister Angela Murdaugh, CNM, MS, FACNM. Each year thereafter, a Texas midwife is recognized in this way.

Application deadline September 17, 2021
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