About the MILCC Scholarship

Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) provides financial assistance to qualified candidates seeking International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification, and current IBCLCs applying for recertification by exam or CERPs. The IBLCE exam is administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), in multiple countries around the world, and in a variety of languages.

The number of candidates supported each year depends on the availability of funds, which come from donations and the sale of pins, and from fundraising. Assistance is available to candidates who demonstrate financial need, and priority is given to those who work with underserved or disadvantaged families.

Successful applicants are awarded a full or partial scholarship for exam or recertification fees only. Applicants seeking financial assistance for study materials, travel to an exam site or continuing education should seek funding from alternative sources.

There are also two types of specialized scholarships: the JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship and the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation Scholarship.

General Requirements for Applying for a MILCC Scholarship

A MILCC Scholarship is available to the candidate who has fully met the requirements to sit for the IBLCE exam, or to recertify by exam or CERPs, and also demonstrates financial need. This scholarship provides partial or complete financial aid for exam or recertification fees. The MILCC Scholarship, at this time, does not provide support for preparatory classes, continuing education, or transportation to an exam site. Consideration is given to candidates with a demonstrated financial need, and priority is given to the candidate who assists families with limited access to the services of an IBCLC. The number of applicants supported each year depends on the availability of funds.

Interested candidates must complete the MILCC Scholarship application, in addition to the IBLCE exam application. Applicants must meet all IBLCE exam and/or recertification requirements to be eligible for the scholarship.

Candidates who submit their IBLCE exam application online should email their MILCC Scholarship application to milcc@iblce.org, or fax to 1-703-560-7332 (within US & Canada) or 001-703-560-7332 (outside US & Canada).

Candidates who complete a paper exam application should email or fax the MILCC Scholarship application and the IBLCE exam application together. Please note that scholarship applications will not be accepted by mail.

JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship

The JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship is available to a candidate who has fully met the requirements to sit for the IBLCE exam (click here to view the IBLCE exam eligibility requirements) and who is involved with direct "mother-to-mother support". This scholarship provides partial or complete financial aid for exam or recertification fees. If funds are available, the JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship may cover transportation fees to the exam site and a counseling text. Consideration is given to candidates with demonstrated financial need, and priority is given to the candidate who assists women with limited access to the services of an IBCLC. A detailed description of the candidate’s volunteer service to breastfeeding families must accompany the application. The amount of financial assistance awarded is dependent on available funds.

The JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship is an Endowment Scholarship separate from other MILCC Scholarships. Depending on available funds, at least one candidate may receive a JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship each year. Your generosity is needed to continue support of mother-to-mother support counselors in need of financial assistance.

Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation Scholarship

The Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation (CBF) Scholarship is available to a candidate who has fully met the requirements to sit for the IBLCE exam and who is a Canadian citizen. The CBF Scholarship is intended to assist in the development of lactation services in a remote or underrepresented area of Canada. This scholarship provides financial aid for exam fees only, and cannot be used for recertification fees. In addition, funds may not be used for texts or transportation to an exam site. Consideration is given to candidates with financial need, and priority given to the candidate who assists women with limited access to the services of an IBCLC. One or more scholarships may be awarded each year.
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