Scholarships

Scholarship questions? E-mail USBC Coalitions Staff

The application forms for both scholarships closed Sunday, May 8.

Legacy Scholarship

The Drs. Ruth Lawrence & Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the creation of the USBC Legacy Award to honor the lifelong achievement of these two leaders in the field. The scholarship is offered to two recipients each year the National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference is held. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding coalition leaders.

The scholarship is open to individuals who are actively involved with a state, territorial, tribal, local, or cultural breastfeeding coalition in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who have never attended a USBC Coalitions Conference, who are working with a coalition serving a state or community (geographic or cultural) with breastfeeding rates that are below the U.S. national rate, and for whom attendance at the conference would not be possible without this support.

Application for the scholarship must be made on the online form: apply here for the 2016 Legacy Scholarship.

Tribal/Native Scholarship

Thanks to the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are also available to support tribal/native representatives’ participation in the Sixth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference. The vision of the scholarship is to provide support to talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders in native communities.

The scholarship is open to tribal/native individuals who are actively involved in collaborative efforts to support breastfeeding in their communities. Preference will be given to applicants who have never attended a USBC Coalitions Conference, and for whom attendance at the conference would not be possible without this support.

Application for the scholarship must be made on the online form: apply here for the 2016 Tribal/Native Scholarship.

Scholarship Review Process

Reviewers will be members of the USBC Awards Committee, CRASH Committee, and Conference Program Committee. Each application will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Awardees will be announced and all applicants notified by Friday, June 24. Scoring of submissions will be based on the following criteria, for each scholarship:

Legacy Scholarship

  1. Is the applicant actively involved with at least one breastfeeding coalition?
  2. Is the applicant a new, emerging, or aspiring leader within these breastfeeding coalition(s)?
  3. Is the coalition serving a state or community (geographic or cultural) with breastfeeding rates that are below the U.S. national rate?
  4. Would this be the applicant's first time attending a USBC Coalitions Conference?
  5. Would the applicant be able to attend the conference without scholarship support?
  6. Does the applicant have well-developed plans for sharing and disseminating what is learned at the conference?

Tribal/Native Scholarship

  1. Is the applicant actively involved in collaborative efforts to support breastfeeding in his/her tribal/native community?
  2. Is the applicant a new, emerging, or aspiring leader within this community?
  3. Would this be the applicant's first time attending a USBC Coalitions Conference?
  4. Would the applicant be able to attend the conference without scholarship support?
  5. Does the applicant have well-developed plans for sharing and disseminating what is learned at the conference?

Terms & Conditions

The USBC will be under no obligation to award scholarships in any given year, and shall not be obligated to furnish reasons for its decision to award any given applicant.

A scholarship may be suspended or terminated at any time, either at the recipient's request, or if in the opinion of the USBC Awards Committee, CRASH Committee, or Board of Directors:

  • the recipient's performance is unsatisfactory; OR
  • the recipient fails to observe the terms and conditions of the scholarship; OR
  • the recipient fails to attend the conference.

Recipients that are unable to attend the conference for which scholarship funding has been successfully awarded will notify the USBC Office in writing of this fact. In the event that a flight has already been booked at the time a scholarship is terminated or suspended, and the recipient chooses to use the value of that flight towards a future personal trip, then the recipient is required to reimburse the USBC for the value of the flight.

Scholarship Provisions

  • Complimentary registration to the main conference (includes all educational sessions, conference materials, entry to exhibits, Friday's Opening Dessert Reception, Saturday & Sunday breakfasts and lunches, and all refreshment breaks);
  • Complimentary registration to the recipient’s choice of one of the pre-conference workshops on Friday;
  • Complimentary registration to the following optional conference events: Friends of USBC Reception on Saturday evening (includes dinner), and the Day of Action on Monday (includes lunch);
  • Round-trip economy-class airfare from the applicant's home airport to the Washington DC metropolitan area, booked at least four weeks prior to departure date (up to $500 in value);
  • Four nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) shared lodging in the conference hotel;
  • Reimbursement for recipient's ground transportation between home to home airport (up to $35 in value each way);
  • Reimbursement at per diem rates for meals purchased while in transit to/from the conference and meals not provided by conference events;
  • Special recognition at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday, seated at the head table.

Scholarship Exclusions

  • Reimbursement for recipient's ground transportation between DC airport and conference hotel, unless pre-approved due to specific circumstances (the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to/from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and is also accessible via the Metro);
  • Airfare above $500, airline baggage fees, or other fees for internet or entertainment (the hotel provides complimentary internet);
  • Additional nights lodging outside of the four nights provided during conference events (unless pre-approved due to travel timing restrictions);
  • The other one-half of the hotel room cost, for those who prefer a single room.