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2022 Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Cohort Scholarship

Apply for the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Cohort Scholarship Today!

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force is proud to announce the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Cohort Scholarship for individuals who self-identify as low-income Women of Color seeking to complete the online Healthy Children Project Lactation Counselor Training Course and the AALP CLC exam

Want to know more?

Click here to access a 2022 CLC Scholarship recorded informational session.

You can also access the ProctorU CLC Testing Platform information sheet here. These will give you an overview of the program and may answer questions you have.

Access the recording here.


If you are having difficulties accessing the application form please email us at

General Requirements

- The candidate must identify as a Woman of Color.

- The candidate must identify as low-income.

- The candidate must commit to at least two hours of weekly study time, complete the training within 6 months and sit for the exam within two weeks of completing the training.

-The candidate must commit to starting the training within one week of receiving the course link and course materials.

- The candidate must commit to monthly cohort sessions.

- The candidate must commit to attending the orientation session.

-The candidate must commit to building a birthwork network and support system amongst their peers.

- As this program is conducted online, the candidate MUST have access to a laptop, as well as have reliable internet access.

- The candidate must commit to getting a license with the State of NM as a Certified Lactation Counselor within 1 month of receiving the passing results of the exam. (NMBTF will reimburse candidates for the fees associated with the license including the $15 application fee, $44 criminal background check and $60 for the first year of license administered by the NM Board of Nursing).

-Priority will be given to candidates who work in rural communities

- Priority will be given to candidates who work in underserved communities

-Priority will be given to candidates who work in communities with limited access to Lactation services.

-Priority will be given to candidates who are bilingual

-The application must include a letter of recommendation.

- The candidate must explain how they personally plan to promote, protect, and support lactation in NM as a CLC.


All application materials for the scholarship must be received by April 22, 2022, at 5pm MST. Candidates approved for the scholarship will be notified by Friday, April 29, 2022.

Approved candidates must attend one of two orientation sessions on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 12:00pm or 5:00 pm. Candidates who do not attend orientation automatically decline the scholarship.

Please note: candidates are not eligible for a scholarship when employers are paying for the training.

If you have any questions, please email

Frequently Asked Questions about the CLC Scholarship Application

Q: How much time to we have to complete the training? 

A: 6 months from date of registration, though some recipients were able to complete it in two months since it is self-paced.


 Q: Do applicants have to be located in New Mexico?

A: Yes, you must be located in New Mexico and plan on using your CLC in New Mexico to be eligible.


Q: Are we expected to attend the orientation training? 

A: Yes, orientation training is mandatory. The study sessions will help prepare you to be more successful at passing the exam. Scholarship recipients are required to attend three study sessions.


Q: Is a laptop and internet required? 

A: Yes, the training is composed of many self-paced videos and an exam after each video. Internet is required to be able to view the videos and to sit for the exam.


Q: How soon are you able to receive the book if you have accepted the scholarship? 

A: You will receive the book within a few days after attending the orientation.


Q: Is there anything else that I need to do? 

A: It is helpful to have access to a printer to sprint all the study materials.


Q: How does registering for the exam work? 

A: Awardees receive an award letter to review and sign; once we receive the letters and names of attendees, we will give the list of attendees to organization that does the trainings, and their organization will submit all of the exam paperwork and make sure all materials are ready for attendees. 


Q: Who will we need to contact with questions? 

A: Please reach out to NMBTF at with any questions You don’t have to be an NMBTF member to apply for this scholarship, and we will support you in this process, so you don’t have to do it alone.

Meet Past CLC Scholarship Recipients