Four scholarships named for former MDA National Goodwill Ambassador Mattie Stepanek are designed to help caregivers gain skills
Four $2,500 scholarships — named in honor of a former MDA National Goodwill Ambassador — are being offered by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Deadline for applications is June 1.
The scholarships will provide financial assistance to family, professional, or paraprofessional caregivers of any age who are seeking training or education in specific skills, procedures and strategies that lead to more effective care and protect the health and well-being of the caregiver.
“Caregivers are often viewed as expendable resources in systems of care. As a result, many caregivers are overlooked, ill-prepared and some will ultimately burn-out,” says information on the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving website. “[W]e believe that the right kind of training and education are protective factors in the lives of caregivers."
The scholarships are named after the MDA National Goodwill Ambassador who served from 2002-2004. Mattie, who died in 2004 from complications of dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, was renowned not only as a best-selling poet for his series of Heartsongs books, but also as a peacemaker. He had a close friendship with former president Jimmy Carter, based on their mutual interest in peacemaking.
Details of the scholarship application process can be found online. In addition to the application form itself, a résumé, work history, letters of recommendation and other documents are required.
Created in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving promotes health, skills and support for family, professional and paraprofessional caregivers.