The primary purpose of the Myers Midwifery Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support for students of color to complete the Master of Science in Midwifery (MSM) program, as one part of a community strategy to increase the number of midwives of color in the profession.
Begun in 2009 when Seattle Midwifery School was completing the merger with Bastyr University to become the Department of Midwifery, the scholarship was named in honor of founder Suzy Myers, LM, CPM, MPH, and former Executive Director Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH
This fund provides tuition reduction support for midwives in our Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems (http://bastyr.edu/academics/midwifery/masters/ma-maternal-child-health-systems) (MCHS) program.Dorothea Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM, a midwifery leader of national and international prominence who passed away in May 2017 at age 84, believed in a unified profession and the need to expand our capacity by growing the “academy” of educators, researchers and policy experts. Inspired by the launch of this innovative new program in 2015, Dorothea made a significant gift to create scholarships to support talented midwives committed to taking leadership in changing our maternity care system.
The purpose of the award is to recognize students and new graduates (within one year of graduation) from the MSM and MCHS programs, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and the potential to make significant contributions to development of the profession through participation in professional associations, research pursuits, and/or community service. Award levels vary year-to-year depending on the funds available and number of recipients.In June 1999, H. Joe Myers and Barbara J. Myers established a fund at the Seattle Midwifery School to make this award in honor of their daughter Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko upon completion of her Master in Public Health degree. Jo Anne retired as Executive Director of Seattle Midwifery School in 2003 after 25 years of service. The fund was carried over to Bastyr University after the merger in 2009.
These scholarships and awards are funded entirely through the generous gifts of many who believe in the mission of the Department of Midwifery, to educate and inspire leaders in midwifery and maternal health systems.
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