Apply for a MILCC Scholarship to take the IBLCE Exam

Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) provides financial assistance to individuals seeking International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification, or current IBCLCs seeking recertification by exam or continuing education recognition points (CERPs). The 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 disadvantage, and priority is given to those who work with underserved or disadvantaged families.

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

MILCC awards scholarships to candidates who have met the qualifications to sit for the IBLCE exam, or to recertify by exam or CERPs. 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 candidates who have met the requirements to sit for the IBLCE Exam, or to recertify by exam or CERPs. 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 an exam site. Consideration is given to candidates with financial need, and priority is 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.

Candidates interested in a scholarship must complete an application. The MILCC Scholarship application must be completed at the same time as the IBLCE Exam application. Candidates must complete all IBLCE exam and recertification requirements before submitting a MILCC Scholarship application. If awarded, a MILCC Scholarship must be used for the exam for which the candidate applied, and cannot be deferred to another exam.

If you have completed your IBLCE Exam application online, please email your completed 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 have completed a paper exam application should email or fax the IBLCE Exam application and the MILCC Scholarship application together. Please note that MILCC Scholarship applications will not be accepted by mail.

JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship

The JoAnne W. Scott Scholarship is available to a candidate who has met the qualifications to sit for the IBLCE 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, at least one candidate may receive a JWS 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 met the qualifications to sit for the IBLCE 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 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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