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IBCLC Exam Fee Scholarship


The cost of taking the IBLCE exam may be a financial hardship for some candidates. The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition is offering TWO needs-based scholarships, not to exceed $1,320.00 per calendar year, to IBLCE exam candidates taking the exam for the first time. Priority will be given to candidates of marginalized communities and candidates planning to serve in underserved areas of NC. Preference will also be given to candidates meeting more than one of the criteria. The scholarship award may be applied to registration for the exam, transportation, meals or lodging directly related to taking the exam. Persons who will receive monies from employers for passing the exam are not eligible for the scholarship. 

Expectations & Requirements

1. The application must include a letter of support from at least one person who is familiar with the candidate’s work in the lactation community or can verify that the candidate is a lactation student and has financial need.
2. The candidate must agree to live and work in NC for at least one year after certification or repay the scholarship money.
3. The candidate must explain how they personally plan to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in NC as an IBCLC.

4. The candidate must become a member of NCBC prior to submitting their scholarship application.



For the September 2023 exam, scholarship applications are due May 31, 2023 at 11:59PM. Applicants will be notified via email by June 15, 2023. Scholarship recipients will receive a check via physical mail using the address written on the application by June 30, 2023.


Apply Online here.

Scholarship fund administrators

The scholarship fund is held by NCBC and is jointly administrated by:

Georganna Cogburn:

Dr. Emily Hannon:

Kathy Parry:

Love Anderson: 

with oversight by the NCBC Board of Directors:

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