Felix Biancuzzo Memorial Scholarship Recipients for 2010 Announced

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Breastfeeding Outlook is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Felix Biancuzzo Memorial Scholarship to attend Marie Biancuzzo's Comprehensive Lactation Course: Mastering the Blueprint, Tracy Brundage and Patricia Paulina Erices Ocampo. Ms. Brundage received a full scholarship, while Ms. Ocampo received a partial scholarship.

Breastfeeding Outlook is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Felix Biancuzzo Memorial Scholarship to attend Marie Biancuzzo's Comprehensive Lactation Course: Mastering the Blueprint, Tracy Brundage and Patricia Paulina Erices Ocampo. Ms. Brundage received a full scholarship, while Ms. Ocampo received a partial scholarship.

The scholarship was established to honor the life and memory of Felix Biancuzzo, father of Breastfeeding Outlook founder Marie Biancuzzo. Mr. Biancuzzo was a truly self-made man who pursued opportunities for learning throughout the course of his lifetime. Born in 1915, he attended school and began working at age 9 to support his immigrant mother and siblings prior to and throughout the Great Depression. Thereafter, he married the former Maria Cristini and, together, they raised three children. Mr. Biancuzzo frequently contributed his time, talents, and resources to the community.

This scholarship seeks to recognize individuals who are eager to contribute to their communities by providing evidence-based lactation support for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Ms. Brundage, full scholarship recipient, is currently a developmental specialist in the NICU of Connecticut Children's Medical Center and a member of the Connecticut Children's Lactation Committee. Ms. Ocampo, partial scholarship recipient, is currently a self-employed doula and childbirth educator in Lakewood, Colorado and a member of the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition. Both women plan to sit for the ILBCE certification exam in July 2011.

"I want to commend these two recipients, both dedicated professionals who have shown initiative and commitment throughout their career development and community involvement," said Ms. Biancuzzo. "We are honored to offer these scholarships to help Tracy and Patricia achieve their goals."

The scholarship has been created as an annual award of up to one full and one partial scholarship, based on such criteria as demonstration of self-directed learning, involvement in community breastfeeding promotion, and professional experience. The full scholarship covers the complete registration fee for Marie Biancuzzo's Comprehensive Lactation Course: Mastering the Blueprint; the partial scholarship covers a portion of the registration fee.

Marie Biancuzzo's Comprehensive Lactation Course: Mastering the Blueprint is being offered in seven locations nationwide this fall: Long Island, NY (Garden City); Denver, CO (Lakewood); Peoria, IL; Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; San Diego, CA; and Baltimore, MD (BWI). Early-bird registration discounts still are available for most locations.

For more information about Breastfeeding Outlook, to register for the Comprehensive Lactation Course, or to learn more about the scholarship, please visit http://www.breastfeedingoutlook.com.

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