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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 on in May of 2014.
Terry Jo Curtis “Every Ounce Counts” Scholarship will directly assist in creating 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 5 women to attend conferences or courses in 2018 with the help of our sponsors, fundraising and the Indiana Department of Health.
The opportunities for 2019 will be announce soon. They will most likely include
Milk Mob Training -various courses available
Certified Lactation Specialist Course
Each scholarship will cover funds for registration and partial funds for lodging and/or travel. An online application process will be available soon on Survey Monkey. As the applicant, you will be responsible for registering for the course/conference and submitting confirmation. Once this is confirmed, reimbursement will be sent to you as soon as possible. If there are funds available for lodging or travel, the acceptance letter will indicate how much.
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. Please let us know if you want more information or to contribute to this important cause. You can also click the Donate button below to donate with PayPal.