Mattie J. T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship
"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
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. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving promotes the view that family, professional, and paraprofessional caregivers are the most valuable asset in any system of care, and they should be cultivated, preserved, developed, and valued. We believe that with proper training and support caregivers can provide quality, compassionate care at the same time that they maintain their own health, quality of life and sense of purpose. In essence, we believe that the right kind of training and education are protective factors in the lives of caregivers. The purpose of the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship is to 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 at the same time that they serve to protect the health and well-being of the caregiver. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.
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