Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship

Supporting Family Caregivers

"If all generations of people freely and abundantly give care to others and to our world, we will have an eternal source of love and hope that fulfills the needs of all ages." - Mattie J.T. Stepanek, June 2003

Saving our economy an estimated $450,000 dollars annually by providing unpaid care, family caregivers are the true backbone of the health care system in the United States. Providing this care can be financially, emotionally, and physically draining. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving believes that with proper training and support, family caregivers can provide quality, compassionate care at the same time that they maintain their own health, quality of life and sense of purpose.

Not all of those who provide care recognize themselves as family caregivers. They see themselves as parents, siblings, husbands and wives. They may be caring for a child with a developmental disability, a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, or a returning service member with post-traumatic stress or a traumatic brain injury. What makes them a family caregiver is their willingness to give unselfishly of their time, caring, and support to those who need it.

The purpose of the 2014 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to family caregivers who are seeking training or education in specific skills, procedures and strategies that lead to more effective care while serving to protect their own health and well-being. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Applicants should submit the following by May 1, 2014:
• Scholarship application form.
• If applicable, a resume sharing work, education history and experience.
• A statement describing your plans to pursue a specific course of training or education that reflects the purpose of this scholarship as given above. Include links to Mattie Stepanek’s message of hope (see: and the mission of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Do not just copy a quote or statement – we are looking for your personal reflections as they relate to these purposes.
• Two or more letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant academically, professionally, or within the community.

2014 Scholarship Application Form

2013 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Scholarship Winners

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship Selection Committee

Jeni Stepanek, PhD, Mattie's Mom, Rockville, MD
Selection Committee Chair

Nancy Hunt, President, We Are Family Foundation, NYC, NY

Kelly Ellison, Your Adoption Coach Radio - National Council for Adoption, Kansas City, MO