Ohio Lactation Consultant Association

Application for Scholarship

Mission Statement

To be the voice of Ohio lactation consultants in their efforts to transform society into a breastfeeding culture. To empower, support, and educate our membership enabling them to be articulate agents for change.

Scholarship information:

  • OLCA provides scholarships for professional development in the area of lactation.

  • The number of scholarships offered each year depends on the annual budget.  Typically, six scholarships for up to $500 each are awarded.

  • Award may be used for conference registration, professional development, or any related expenses.

  • Priority will be given to those seeking certification through IBLCE.


  • Scholarships are a reimbursement award.  The funds are reimbursed to recipient once the course has been attended and the receipt and certificate of completion is submitted to the treasurer of OLCA.  If scholarship funds are being used for the IBLCE exam, reimbursement will be considered upon receipt of payment.  And the receipt of payment must be within one year of award or award would be forfeited.  Scholarship funds may only be used for the exam fees once per person (lifetime).  Hardship situations will be taken into consideration and funding may be provided in advance when necessary.  Checks must be cashed within 90 days, unused funds will be returned to OLCA.  Funds must be used within one year of award.


  • Applicants must be OLCA members at the time of application (an OLCA membership application with payment included with the scholarship application is acceptable).  Hardship situations may be taken into consideration and the membership requirement may be waived, applicants must notify the Vice President of such a situation.

  • Applicants must currently reside or work in Ohio

  • Priority will be given to first time applicants/recipients.

  • Applicants may apply for both a grant and a scholarship, but may only be awarded one or the other each year.


  • Make sure application is complete—the application certification form needs to be included.   Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Keep a copy of the application for your records.

  • As scholarship applications come in, there will be an email acknowledgement sent to the applicant.  Application may be mailed with delivery confirmation , but a signature for certified mail is not available.  


  • A committee of around 4-5 will determine who will be awarded a scholarship.  Committee may be comprised of VP, a LLL leader, an OLCA member (non-board) or two, a community member not affiliated with OLCA with basic breastfeeding knowledge. 
    The committee may also be the OLCA Board.

    • Committee members who apply for a scholarship need to recuse themselves from the committee.  Scholarship Committee members may not write a letter of reference for applicants.

  • Scholarship recipients will receive a letter telling them how to get reimbursed.

  • Winners will be notified at the annual conference.

  • A brief summary of the winners and their scholarship application may be announced at the annual conference, printed in the newsletter, or posted on the OLCA website.

  • All Scholarship Committee decisions are final.



 Applicants will be chosen from the following categories (please check your category):

______Health Professional

______Lay person/Para-professional (e.g.: LLL, peer helpers or Grads teacher)

______Medical Student

______Other; please specify_______________________________________________


CREDENTIALS________________________MEMBER OF OLCA?________________


CITY_________________________________STATE_________ ZIP CODE_________

PHONE (home)__________________________(work)__________________________

EMAIL____________________________________(please include for receipt confirmation)

PRESENT EMPLOYER___________________________________________________

CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES____________________________________________


Please answer the following questions on a separate paper, typewritten if possible.

  1. Please state your goal and purpose for requesting this scholarship.

  2. How will your request advance OLCA’s mission?

  3. In what way(s) have you been active promoting, supporting, and/or protecting breastfeeding in your local community, place of employment, etc.?

  4. Will your employer make a contribution towards your stated goal? (over)

  5. Please include the following with your completed application:
    1. Separate sheet with answers to previous questions.
    2. Two letters of recommendations

  6. Include signed Applicant’s Certification

All completed applications, together with all necessary supplemental documents, must be post-marked by December 31 annually. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Acknowledgement of receipt of application does not indicate completeness of application.  It is the applicant’s responsibility be sure the application is complete. 

Mail to:

OLCA Vice President

Jennifer Foster, RN, IBCLC

4517 Honeysuckle Drive

North Canton, Oh  44720



I believe myself eligible for and hereby make application to receive one of the Scholarships administered by the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association (OLCA). I certify that all statements made in this application are complete and accurate. I understand that:

  • Falsification on my application or other attachments will disqualify my application.

  • Failure to follow all instructions of this application and to submit attachments will render my application incomplete.

  • Failure to submit my application before the deadline listed will disqualify my application.

  • Selection will be made with input from the Selection committee and approval by the OLCA Board. The Board decision will be final.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Monies must be used within one year of award date.

SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT____________________________________DATE_____________

6/99 (Revised 6/01, 1/02, 12/02, 10/07, 2/2011,7/2012