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Diversity & Inclusion ScholarshipS

AABC will award at least 10 scholarships for the 2019 AABC Birth Institute.  We recognize the importance of diversity in birth center providers and the need for birth centers that provide culturally sensitive care to women and communities at risk. Our goal is for AABC conferences and the member community to include, encourage, and recognize people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation.  

Scholarship Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Birth center provider, owner, staff, student or otherwise demonstrate involvement in the birth center community

  • Identify as a person of color, native, indigenous, and/or LGBTQ

  • Special consideration will be given to applicants attending the Birth Institute for the first time

Each scholarship will include:

  • a general registration to the conference

  • Birth Center tour and dinner

  • Birth Center Directors Network Meeting (if applicable)

  • AABC Foundation Gala

  • $500 travel stipend

Additionally AABC will match scholarship recipients with a conference mentor and provide additional support from AABC staff as needed.

Expectations of scholarship recipients:

  • Attend the entire AABC Birth Institute

  • We do not expect scholarship recipients to be responsible for being an ambassador for their group or an educator of others. While learning and exchange may happen as a result of interactions between conference participants, scholarship recipients are encouraged to focus on getting the most out of their Birth Institute experience and have no special duties or obligations apart from attendance, participation to their comfort, and giving us feedback on their experience.

Note: The Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship award does not include registration to the How to Start a Birth Center Workshop.

Individuals wishing to apply for consideration may complete the online application form addressing the following questions:

  1. How are you involved (or plan to be involved) with AABC? (150 word limit)

  2. How would attending the AABC Birth Institute benefit you? (300 word limit)

  3. Tell us about your diverse life experiences and how they would bring a different perspective to the Birth Institute. (300 word limit)

How to Apply

The application period closed on July 8th, 2019.

Individuals wishing to apply for consideration may complete the online application form addressing the following questions:

  1. Tell us about your role in a birth center or birth center community. (150 word limit)

  2. How are you involved (or plan to be involved) with AABC? (150 word limit)

  3. How would attending the AABC Birth Institute benefit you? (300 word limit)

  4. Tell us about your diverse life experiences and how they would bring a different perspective to the Birth Institute. (300 word limit)

Applicants will be notified of the scholarship results at the end of July. All qualified applicants are guaranteed Early Bird Pricing, whether they receive a scholarship or not.

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What makes a strong application?

Want to maximize your chances of being awarded a Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship?  Read our tips and pointers below.

  • The open-ended questions on the application have a maximum word limit ranging from 150-300 words, depending on the question. A 15-word answer isn't as compelling as a 235-word answer! Your computer's word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) will typically have a Word Count button to make sure you don't exceed or fall far short of the word limit.

  • Start working on your answers a day or two in advance (either in a word processor or old-fashioned pen and paper) so that you can sleep on it, mull over the question, and compose your best response, along with editing and proofreading, before you submit your final application.

  • Lastly, the more you can comfortably share with us, the more informed we will be in deciding which applications are the most compelling. The more details the better!