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Apply for a Conference Scholarship!

Esmé Nel
Wolseley South Africa
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 40 No. 4, August-September 2004, p. 85.

Imagine walking into the Hilton Hotel in Washington DC, USA and becoming one with a crowd of mothers and babies; breastfeeding, talking, and laughing. Imagine attending sessions to hear speakers such as Barbara Coloroso, Anwar Fazal, and Michal Young. Imagine sharing a room with someone you have known for a long time, but have never met face-to-face. This can be you.

New York based Ripplewood Foundation generously donated money for the 2005 LLLI Conference Scholarships. Leader Constance Pond and her husband, Glen Hubbard, successfully solicited a $15,000 (US) grant to be awarded to LLL Leaders for scholarships to attend the 2005 LLLI Conference in Washington DC, USA. According to Constance, "Keeping our ears open and being creative" led to this unique venture in fundraising.

The Scholarship Committee (made up of 12 members from the 2003 Scholarship Committee and three new members) has decided to award 30 scholarships of $500 (US) each.

Applications for the 2005 LLLI Conference Scholarships are open to all Leaders accredited by the application deadline of October 31, 2004. Applicants must be Leaders who are actively working to fulfill LLL mission and purpose. Preference will be given to those who are hoping to attend their first LLLI Conference. Leaders who have applied previously but were not chosen to receive a scholarship may apply again. Previous Conference Scholarship recipients may not apply again. Applicants who have developed plans for sharing information once home from the Conference and who have made plans for acquiring the additional funds necessary to attend the Conference will increase their chances to be awarded a scholarship.

Leaders who would like to apply for a 2005 LLLI Conference Scholarship need to respond to the application (see side bar). The Scholarship Committee would very much appreciate applications sent by email, if at all possible. Typed or handwritten applications will also be accepted. The Scholarship Committee also asks for a recommendation, completed by another Leader, of your La Leche League work. If you are experiencing any difficulty in obtaining a recommendation, please add a note to this effect to your application. The Scholarship Committee may then seek other ways to obtain more information or a recommendation before awarding a scholarship.

Your dreams can come true. We are waiting and eagerly looking forward to hearing from you! Get to work now and apply for a scholarship, so you can join us at the 2005 LLLI Conference in Washington DC, USA.

Members of the 2005 Scholarship Committee

Sharon Barsotti, USA
Manon Brault, Canada
Amy Davidson, USA
Elaine Dawson, South Africa
Maria Del Mar Mazza, Argentina
Petro Garcia, South Africa
Rebecca Magalhães, USA
Karmen Mlinar, Slovenia
Esmé Nel, South Africa
Gina Nigro, Spain
Trevlynn Oberholster, Philippines
Mary Roache, New Zealand
Terriann Shell, USA
Maria (Pili) Pena Vazquez, Paraguay
Mary Wales, USA

The LLLI Conference Scholarships are funded through the generosity of The Ripplewood Foundation, New York, NY, and the efforts of La Leche League Leader, Constance Pond, and her husband Glenn Hubbard, New York, New York, USA.

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