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Scholarships and grants

  • The March of Dimes awards community-based program grants.
  • Scholarships are available for graduate perinatal nurses.
  • The Agnes Higgins Award spotlights maternal-fetal nutrition.
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Scholarships, grants and awards promote and reward excellence

Every year the March of Dimes provides millions of dollars in grants and scholarships. We support community programs and education for professionals. Our aim is to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Program grants


The March of Dimes funds maternal-child health community grants in collaboration with our local chapters. External organizations can apply for funding to support programs working to improve the health of mothers and babies. For more information, contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

Graduate nursing scholarships

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing. The March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council, a group of distinguished perinatal nurses, chooses the recipients. Applications are due every January.

Agnes Higgins Award

This annual award for maternal-fetal nutrition honors the late Agnes Higgins of the Montreal Diet Dispensary for her innovation and years of service to the cause of improved maternal nutrition. A pioneer in devising methods of nutritional assessment and counseling, Mrs. Higgins greatly advanced the understanding of eating healthy as a crucial factor in healthy pregnancy and prevention of low birthweight. The Agnes Higgins Award is presented in recognition of distinguished achievement in research, education or clinical services in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition.

Newborn Screening Awards

These awards honor state health officials who put policies in place to address the important issue of newborn screening. The awards recognize state health officials who establish newborn screening delivery times of 72 hours, 48 hours or 24 hours. Our highest award — the Robert Guthrie Newborn Screening Award — recognizes state health officials who achieves 95 percent of all newborn screens delivered from the hospital to the lab in 24 hours.


See also: Nursing education program, Research grants, 2012 Nurse of the Year Award Recipients

Prenatal statistics

Get maternal and infant health data for the United States, individual states, counties and cities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualifications required to apply for a Prematurity Research Initiative Grant?

An applicant for a Prematurity Research Initiative Grant must hold a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a not-for-profit institution, such as a university, hospital or research institution.

What is the deadline to apply for a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award?

Letters of Nomination for the Basil O'Connor Research Program are due annually on March 15 for possible funding to begin on the following February 1.

What is the term of a MOD Research Grant?

MOD Research Grants are usually awarded for three years.

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