Simkin Center Scholarships

The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations offers students opportunities to reduce their tuition amount by offering scholarships to support future leaders in allied birth vocations.



Provide scholarship support to emerging leaders in the birth professions.


The Simkin Center Leadership Fund (SCLF) scholarship is a merit scholarship with intent to increase the number of birth professionals who come from and work in underserved low income, ethnic, cultural, geographic and communities of color.


First consideration is given to applicants who wish to, or already offer, birth support services in underserved communities and who display the skills and connections needed to serve women and families in those communities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their connection with social services or other networks within the community. Financial need may also be considered.

Fund Awards

SCLF offers a partial tuition waiver (reduction in tuition amount) for applicants who meet or exceed the criteria and show exceptional merit. Awards are made in the form of reduced tuition (not cash) and are generally in the $100 to $200 range. Funds are limited. Usually one to three SCLF awards are made per course section. Early applications are encouraged. Your completed application reserves your spot in the course.

Applying for Simkin Center Scholarship

Simkin Center Leadership Fund (SCLF) scholarships are administered by the Simkin Center. Applications are reviewed and award decisions are made by the Center Director.


Your application must be received at least 30 days before the first day of the class section you wish to attend. No late applications will be accepted, though you may request it be considered for a future course date.

Letters of Reference

Two letters of reference are required and should address the criteria. Professional references are encouraged, though personal references are acceptable. Letters of reference must be uploaded to your online application.

APPLY ONLINE NOW. Contact us at if you wish to complete a paper application.

Award Notification

SCLF applicants will be notified by email of award status at least two weeks before the first day of the course. In most cases we'll try and let you know sooner.

Acceptance of Award

As our funds are limited, please notify us of your award acceptance as soon as possible. If you can't join us, we can make awards to other students. Balance due, minus the award amount, must be received soon after your award acceptance. Contact us if this is an issue for you. Pay your balance by credit card over the phone or arrange to mail or deliver a check. Simkin Center cancellation and refund policy applies to SCLF award recipients.


For Military Spouses

Are you a military spouse interested in the childbirth professions?

Simkin Center at Bastyr University in Kenmore and at Bastyr University California is approved for MyCAA Education Awards. The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), is a Department of Defense's (DoD) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program.

MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees necessary for employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations. Click here for a MyCAA Fact Sheet.

Simkin Center is experienced at working with you and MyCAA to put your education award to work, and to help you reach your dream of becoming a childbirth professional. Contact us for more information.

Support Simkin Scholarships

Your gift to the Simkin Center Leadership Fund (SCLF) scholarship program provides tuition reduction support to emerging leaders in the allied birth vocations

Click here to make a donation.

Bastyr University is a nonprofit educational institution recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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