Scholarships and Awards Applications

The following awards and scholarships are offered by The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc. Award applications currently being accepted have applications listed below.


The A.C.N.M. Foundation Varney Leadership Award will be made to two basic midwifery student members of ACNM to support their participation in a unique mentored student leadership experience. Award recipients will attend a one-day LEAD (Learn, Engage, Ascend, Deliver) Leadership Development Program (October 6, 2022), followed by two days at the annual Midwifery Works Conference (October 7-8, 2022), both in Henderson, Nevada. Mentorship will be led by Maria Valentin-Welch, CNM, DNP, MPH, CDP, FACNM, along with past Varney Award winners. The award covers the cost of the LEAD and the Midwifery Works registrations plus hotel accommodations, as well as a $1,000 award. This student experience is made possible through the generous financial support of Helen Varney Burst, MSN, CNM, DHL (Hon.), FACNM.

AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000.00 (Conference registrations and hotel accommodations will be provided.)



  • Be enrolled as a student in good standing in an ACME-accredited or pre-accredited basic midwifery education program
  • Have successfully completed one academic semester or quarter/term
  • Be a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
  • Agree to complete a brief data collection form within one year, if an award is received
  • Not a prior recipient of this award


  • Part 1 – Applicant Information
  • Part 2 – Educational and Professional Background
  • Part 3 – Leadership Experience
  • Part 4 – Midwifery Conference Leadership Goals
  • Part 5 – Anticipated Benefit of Varney Leadership Award
  • Part 6 – Future Midwifery Leadership and Health Equity Plans
  • Part 7 – Statement of Financial Need
  • Part 8 – Program Director or Faculty Recommendation - Instructions are enclosed. (NOTE: You, the applicant, are responsible for f/u with your program director/faculty to confirm that your recommendation form has been submitted BEFORE the application deadline. Applications will not be processed without this document.)
  • Part 9 - Applicant Statement

FYI: A draft of this application can be created, and applicants can revisit this site to complete the application.
Please email any questions to


The Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Midwives of Color is awarded to a CNM/CM of color who is actively enrolled in doctoral or post-doctoral education and a current member of ACNM. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage CNM/CMs of color to pursue doctoral education that prepares them for leadership roles in midwifery, clinical, and public health, while also pursuing evidence-based scholarly work focused on innovative approaches to improve maternal and child health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity. Applicants are judged on excellence in the following areas: academic achievement/career plans, leadership potential, quality of a scholarly work sample, intended use of funds, future contributions to ACNM and midwifery, and academic recommendations. This award is named in honor of three of our most distinguished midwives of color: Betty Watts Carrington, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM; Lily Hsia, CNM, PNP, MSN, FACNM; and Nivia Nieves Fisch, CNM, FACNM. Funding comes from the A.C.N.M. Foundation's Midwives of Color Scholarship Fund. 

AWARD AMOUNT: $5,000.00

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 12, 2022


  • Be a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM)
  • Be a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
  • Be actively enrolled in a doctoral or post-doctoral education program and be a student in good standing
  • Self-identify as a person of color
  • Not a member of the A.C.N.M. Foundation Board of Trustees


  • Part 1: Applicant Information
  • Part 2: Professional and Academic Background, including CV and Sample Scholarly Work
  • Part 3: Academic/Practice Career Plans
  • Part 4: Intended use of Funds/Budget Outline
  • Part 5: Future Contributions to ACNM & Midwifery
  • Part 6: Academic Program Verification - to be submitted by your program director; instructions are enclosed
  • Part 7: Academic Recommendations from two (2) individuals, with the preference that at least one is a CNM or CM; instructions are enclosed
  • Part 8: Applicant Statement

FYI: A draft of this application can be created, and applicants can revisit this site to complete the application. Please email any questions to

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