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International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) educate, promote and serve breastfeeding families around the world. There are over 32,500 IBCLCs in 122 countries, with many aspiring professionals seeking the IBCLC certification.

Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) helps them reach this goal through scholarships. The number of candidates we can help depends on the generous donations we receive from people like you. Donate today and join the MILCC Giving Circles! 

2020 Application Timeline for MILCC Scholarships!

The MILCC Board is pleased to announce the following application timeline for the 2021 MILCC Scholarship process:

  • Applications for the MILCC Scholarship and the JoAnne W. Scott (JWS) Scholarship will be open from June 1 to June 30, 2020
  • Those who are awarded scholarships will be able to use the funds toward the IBCLC application fee for either the 2021 April or 2021 September IBCLC exams.
  • IBCLCs who are awarded scholarships for recertification via CERPs will be able to use the funds toward recertification in 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified by email both upon receipt of the application, and after determination of their result (in approximately 90 days).
  • View our Key Dates here.

The MILCC Scholarship

The MILCC Scholarship is awarded once a year to IBCLC Exam and Recertifying candidates. The main criteria for selection is financial need, and priority is given to candidates who serve a population lacking access to the specialized services of an IBCLC. 

In the last five years, MILCC has awarded 397 scholarship recipients support totaling over $140,000. Applications open on June 1st, 2020. 

The JoAnne W. Scott (JWS) Scholarship

In honor of JoAnne W. Scott, the JWS Scholarship is awarded once a year to an IBCLC Exam or Recertifying candidate from a mother-to-mother support group. 

Since 2010, the JWS Scholarship has been awarded to 14 mother-to-mother support counselors, with financial assistance totaling over $7,000. Applications open on June 1st, 2020.

Please note that the IBCLC certification requirements are separate from the MILCC Scholarship program and are to be met at the time of application to the IBCLC examination or recertification.


That every family worldwide has access to culturally appropriate care from an IBCLC. 


To remove financial barriers to accessing the IBCLC credential by fostering inclusiveness, promoting philanthropy, and increasing public awareness of the value of the IBCLC. 

Pins and Service Bars

MILCC offers IBCLC logo pins and service bars as gifts and a thank you for being a friend of MILCC. All proceeds go directly to the MILCC Scholarship fund. Visit the Gifts page for order information. 

Board of Directors​

Millie Goins, IBCLC, BS, MPH(c), USA

Kelly Valceanu, CNM, RN, IBCLC, IBLCE Representative, USA
Whitney Abbott, RN, CNM, IBCLC, Board Member, USA
Nikki Kemp, MSN, RN, FNP, IBCLC, Board Member, USA
Sara Blair Lake, J.D., CAE, IBLCE CEO, USA, Ex-Officio

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