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The Terry Jo Curtis "Every Ounce Counts" Scholarship honors Terry Jo Curtis, IBCLC, who founded Indiana’s Black Breastfeeding Coalition and was a powerful voice promoting breastfeeding for all families in her community. She was courageous enough to not stand by while black babies in Indiana died at a rate that is nearly twice the national average. Ms. Curtis passed in May of 2014.
Our 2019 Scholarship winners are:
Aimbriel Lasley, Indianapolis
Cheyenne Starner, Indianapolis
Brittany Alexander, Indianapolis
Chambray Woodson, Indianapolis
Our 2020 Scholarship winners are:
Arieonna Benson, Indianapolis
Kelli Brien, South Bend
Joslyn Cunningham, Indianapolis
Erika Dudley, Mishawaka
Paris Curtis, Indianapolis
Asha Sprinkles, indianapolis
Congratulations to all of you!
"I had a great experience with the Certified Lactation Counselor Training Course through the Healthy Children Project. I was able to learn so much about Breastfeeding! I work at Sacred Roots Midwifery and Birthing Center and we are always trying to find ways to support Moms in their breastfeeding journey. I am so excited that I will be able to continue supporting Mothers at my current job. With the knowledge I've gained, I plan on helping out Mothers in the community who may not be able to afford lactation services. We really need women of color in our local breastfeeding community, as a women of color, I am so glad I will be another voice here in Indianapolis! I would personally like to thank everyone at that allowed me this opportunity for the Terry Jo Curtis Scholarship"....Andrea Williams, 2018
"I had the amazing opportunity to be a recipient of the Terry Jo Curtis scholarship to attend the United States Breastfeeding Coalition conference in Atlanta, GA In August 2018. This would be my first time as an attendee at the conference and hopefully it will not be my last.
I had the opportunity to sit among some of our top leaders in breastfeeding and learn from those fighting for policy as well as equity. I learned a great deal of information on policy and the many layers that we as a movement must continue to fight and build. Also, addressing the needs of equity is a cause very important to me. As it is widely known, black women are less likely to breastfeed their infants and in turn have one of the highest mortality rates.
This information is available and known to many breastfeeding professionals but not necessarily to our general public. This sparked a fire in me to organize Indianapolis' first Black Breastfeeding Summit. This summit was to bring back some of the information learned and share with our community just how serious breastfeeding is for black women, children and families. The summit was well attended and received amazing feedback! I look forward to this being annual and watching how not only this summit could grow but how our community can begin to make a shift to save our babies."---Aimbriel Lasley, 2018
Terry Jo Curtis “Every Ounce Counts” Scholarship was established in 2018 to create a more robust representation of women or men of color in the field of lactation in the state of Indiana. Our intention is to raise awareness, advocacy and leaders in these roles to assist in eliminating Indiana's devastating inequalities in infant and maternal mortality through breastfeeding. We were able to fund 6 women to attend conferences or courses in 2019 with the help of our sponsors, fundraising and the Indiana Department of Health.
With the need for social distancing in the Covid-19 crisis this year, many conferences, have transitioned to a virtual experience. You will need to register and complete the online education before submitting for reimbursement.
United States Breastfeeding Committee National Conference - June 9-June 11, Virtual $250
R.O.S.E. Breastfeeding and Equity Conference- July 20-July 22, Virtual $125
Various online education options are listed on our application page. They include:
The 2021 online application process is now open! Click on the link to complete an application. Each scholarship will cover funds for registration.
As an applicant, you will be responsible for:
We also require that you contribute your knowledge to your community and participate in coalition activities. Additional details will be explained with confirmation of your scholarship.
Applicants will have 6 months within receiving confirmation of scholarship to utilize the funds available. If a special circumstance arises with the availability of courses/conference it will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
We are currently in the process of raising funds and looking for sponsors. How can you support?