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

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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 an CNM/CM member of ACNM who has demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership, has been certified for 20 years or more, and has not been awarded ACNM’s Hattie Hemschemeyer Award or the Kitty Ernst Award.

Louis M. Hellman 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.)


Midwifery Student Scholarships & Awards

Basic Midwifery Student Scholarships

    Basic scholarships are awarded to midwifery student members of ACNM for the purpose of encouraging them to complete basic midwifery education, thereby increasing the number, quality and diversity of CNMs/CMs. Several scholarships are given annually from 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 - 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. The purpose and award criteria are identical to the Basic Student Scholarship.

    Varney Participant Award

    This award enables two student members of ACNM to attend and participate in the ACNM Annual Meeting under the mentorship of an established leader in the field of midwifery. The original mentor was Helen Varney Burst, MSN, CNM, DHL (Hon.), FACNM, for whom the award is named; the current mentor is Heather Bradford, CNM, ARNP, 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.


    Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Graduate Education Scholarships for Midwives

    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, 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, research or policy. This year the Fellowship is supported by the Teresa Marsico Endowed Scholarship Fund.

    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, which honors Dr. Moore’s legacy, 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. The scholarship is funded by the Dianne S. Moore Midwifery Research Endowment Fund.

    Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color

    • 2020 Application Period to be Announced in May
    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

    •  2020 Application Period to be Announced in May
      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.

      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 for the Advancement of Midwifery

      This award, which honors long-time midwife supporter Dr. Newton Long, is given to members of ACNM to fund project 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; and/or study of different aspects of midwifery practice in the U.S. and abroad.

      Thacher Midwifery Leadership Fellowship
      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.

      • 2020 Application Period to be Announced in May
      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
      • 2020 Application Period to be Announced in May
      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
      • 2020 Application Period to be Announced in May
      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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