The Diedre Jordan Scholarship

The Diedre Jordan Scholarship is a biannual $250 award that provides financial support to HVBN members enrolled in educational or professional programs that advance the core values and mission of the organization. The scholarship honors the memory of Diedre Jordan-- a Hudson Valley Birth Network member, aspiring midwife, and woman of color who passed away at age 44, before completing her studies.

The Diedre Jordan Scholarship is awarded in May and September. Applications are being accepted through September 13, 2019 for the September 2019 Award. Applicants must be current HVBN members. Each award shall not exceed $250. Applicants agree to use scholarship funds to advance work that aligns with the mission of the Hudson Valley Birth Network. 


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2017 Diedre Jordan Scholarship Recipient

Nubia Earth Martin was awarded the 2017 Diedre Jordan Scholarship to support a Chocolate Milk Cafe Training.

Chocolate Milk Cafe caters to African-American and other women of color seeking a safe and empowering environment to ask questions and practice breastfeeding, while receiving evidence-based breastfeeding education and support. The group will offer peer-to-peer support and be facilitated by a lactation consultant to provide oversight and clinical guidance when needed.

Nubia Earth Martin is completing her last semester of midwifery school and is in clinical rotation at Jacobi Hospital. She has worked in her community as a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2010 and seeks to help end racial disparities in breastfeeding rates. She aims to open a Chocolate Milk Cafe in Westchester County.