Carol A. Ryan Equity in Lactation Scholarship

The DC Breastfeeding Coalition (DCBFC) was established to increase the breastfeeding rates of all infants living in the District of Columbia. Working in partnership with maternal and child health professionals, community health organizations, and mother-to-mother support groups, the Coalition seeks to promote, protect and support culturally-sensitive programs and activities that build awareness and understanding of the preventive health benefits of breastfeeding. Through its breastfeeding research, advocacy, and educational activities, the Coalition seeks to reduce health disparities -- particularly among the most vulnerable infants and children living in our communities.

Consistent with its goal to address disparities in breastfeeding rates, DCBFC is offering scholarships to individuals seeking to sit for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) exam to become an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). The Carol A. Ryan Equity in Lactation Scholarship is named in honor of one of the founding members of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition whose generous donation made this opportunity available. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants demonstrating a commitment to serving underserved populations and women with limited access to professional lactation support.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all requirements, have applied, and been approved to sit for the upcoming exam. For the April/May examination, scholarship funds will be used as reimbursement. Preference will be given to those applicants demonstrating a commitment to providing evidence-based care to traditionally underserved communities with limited access to breastfeeding professionals; bilingual candidates; those identifying with and living and/or working in an identified disparity group; and those demonstrating a financial need. DCBFC members are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Award Details

One (1) scholarship each in the amount of $660 (Amount based on the IBLCE 2021 Fee Schedule []) will be awarded in April (to be applied to the April/May examination) and May (to be applied to the September examination) to chosen recipients.

Application Deadlines

For the April/May examination window, completed applications must be submitted by March 26, 2021. For the September examination window, completed applications must be submitted by April 19, 2021.

Application Process

Applicants meeting the above requirements must submit the following by the application deadline:
  • Completed online application
  • Applicant's current resume to
  • Proof of payment for the April/May 2021 exam or proof of registration for the September 2021 exam from IBLCE to
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals that can speak to the applicant's character, professionalism, desire, intent and commitment to working with an underserved population. One letter must be provided by an IBCLC. Referees can submit letters directly to


Recipients will be announced on the DCBFC website and will be asked to provide their photograph to publicize their honor.

Contact Information:

Name (First and Last):
Mailing Address:
State: Zip:
Phone Number:
Email Address:

Do you speak a language other than English?
(Preference will be given to bilingual candidates)

If yes, what language(s)?

Are you a member of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition?
(Preference will be given to bilingual candidates)
No, but I'm interested in becoming a member! Please send me more information.

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Why are you interested in a career in breastfeeding support?
Which IBCLC Pathway are you selecting?
Pathway 1
Pathway 2
Pathway 3

I have met the following IBLCE exam requirements:
Clinical Practice Hours
14 Health Science Courses
90 hours of lactation specific education
Academic Program in Human Lactation
6 general education classes

When are you planning to take the IBLCE exam?

What experience have you had in the medical or lactation fields already, and how will achieving the IBCLC credential advance your career?

What motivates you to pursue a career in breastfeeding support for diverse and underserved communities?

What personal qualities and personal or professional experience do you have that will help you serve effectively as a breastfeeding professional or peer support person within diverse and underserved communities?

Are you able to receive any additional funding to sit the exam from your employer or workplace? Yes

Please describe your financial need for this scholarship. How will your plans for taking the IBLCE exam change if you do not receive this scholarship?

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