Diversifying Midwifery in Our Communities Scholarship
Goal of Scholarship: Expand midwifery into communities where access to midwives and midwifery care are non-existent or limited. The goal of Diversifying Midwifery in our Communities Scholarship is to provide support to Birthwise Midwifery student(s) who will serve their communities and be leaders in midwifery care.
Who are these Scholarships for?
Recipients of this scholarship will be chosen each year using the following criteria:
a. She must be a member of a distinct ethnic/religious/ cultural community inside or outside the United States that desires to incorporate respectful birthing practices into their community. She must demonstrate that the community she is a part of is in need of the services she will provide as a midwife.
b. She makes a commitment to Birthwise and to her community to return to her community to work as a midwife and help improve conditions for birthing women and their families when her training is completed.
c. She can demonstrate clear financial need.
d. She has proven to be or has potential to be a leader in her community.
e. Her philosophy of birth and midwifery is compatible with Birthwise.
f. She meets all the admission requirements as outlined in the Birthwise catalog.
g. She must have proficiency in the English language.
Up to two applicants per cohort can be awarded a tuition scholarship that will cover 30% of their tuition throughout the Birthwise program.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Application Due?
June 30, 2015
What does the Scholarship Include?
30% of the full tuition cost of each semester for the duration of the program.
What is the Student’s Responsibility?
70% of the tuition cost each semester and all material fees, equipment cost and photo copying (currently$15.00) per credit hour), book expenses (approximately$1200.00 for the entire program) and living and travel expenses while in the program (amount will vary for each student).
What are the Responsibilities of the Recipient once the Scholarship is Awarded?
Recipients will be held to all policies and standards expected of all Birthwise Midwifery Students that are stated in the Enrollment Agreement and Academic Policies.
Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Birthwise Academic Polices in order to maintain the scholarship.
Recipients agree to return to her community upon graduation from Birthwise and work as a midwife for a minimum of 2 years.
Provide annual updates regarding community work that recipients have done via email for a minimum of 2 years. (Updates can be emailed to Heidi Fillmore, Executive Director: Heidi@birthwise.midwifery.edu).
How can I get my Diversifying Midwifery in Our Communities Application to you?
Email: Yvette McDonnell, Program Coordinator: Yvette@birthwisemidwifery.edu
Mail: Birthwise Midwifery Attention: Yvette McDonnell, 24 S. High St. Bridgton, ME 04009
Will I have to interview for the scholarship?
An interview will be conducted in person, via phone or skype as the final step in the selection process.