Apply for a Scholarship to take the IBCLC Exam

MILCC provides financial assistance to exam applicants who are seeking initial certification to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), or current IBCLCs seeking re-certification by exam or continuing education. The international, annual examination 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 disadvantage, and priority is given to those who work with under-served or disadvantaged families.

Successful MILCC applicants are awarded a full or partial scholarship for exam or recertification fees only. Applicants who require assistance for study materials and/or travel to the nearest exam site should seek funding from alternative sources.

MILCC awards scholarships to candidates who have met the qualifications to sit for the IBCLC exam, or to re-certify by CERPs. We also have two types of specialized scholarships: the JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship and the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation Scholarship.

General Requirements for Applying

Candidates interested in ANY scholarship must complete an application. An IBLCE exam application must be completed at the same time as your MILCC application and you must complete all IBLCE exam and recertification requirements before submitting your MILCC application. The scholarship must be used in the year awarded. Please mail your completed MILCC Application directly to the IBLCE regional office that serves your country (see the application for more information).

MILCC Scholarship

A MILCC Scholarship is available to a candidate who has met the qualifications to sit for the exam or to re-certify by CERPs (click here to see general information for the exam and recertification on the IBLCE website). This scholarship provides partial or complete financial aid for exam fees. The MILCC scholarship, at this time, does not provide support for preparatory classes or transportation to the exam site. Consideration is given to candidates with financial need, and priority given to the candidate who assists women who have limited access to the services of an IBCLC. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent on available funds.

JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship

The JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship is available to a candidate who has met the qualifications to sit for the exam (click here to see general information for the exam on the IBLCE website) 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 JWS scholarship may cover transportation fees to the exam site and a counseling text. 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. A detailed description of the candidate’s volunteer service to breastfeeding families must accompany this application. The amount of financial assistance awarded is dependent on available funds.

This is an Endowment Scholarship Fund separate from other MILCC Scholarships. Depending on available funds for this Endowment, at least one candidate may receive a scholarship each year. However, we need your donations to make this happen for mother-to-mother support counselors in need of financial assistance.

Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation Scholarship

The Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation Scholarship is available to a candidate who has met the qualifications to sit for the exam and who is a Canadian citizen (click here to see general information for the exam on the IBLCE website). The CBF scholarship is intended to assist in the development of lactation services in a remote or under represented area of Canada. This scholarship will provide complete financial aid for the exam fees. This scholarship cannot be used for recertification. Funds cannot be used for texts or for transportation to the exam site. Consideration is given to candidates with financial need, and priority given to the candidate who assists women who have limited access to the services of an IBCLC. One or more scholarships may be awarded each year. .
« Please visit the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation website for more information. »