Rebekah Kaplan Legacy BIPOC Scholarship Fund
The California Nurse-Midwives Foundation sadly acknowledges the tragic and untimely death of Rebekah Kaplan. Rebekah was an incredible mentor to innumerable midwifery students over the years as well as a leader in our profession. She also touched the lives of many patients and families with her gentle, kind and patient spirit. We are collectively grieving a huge loss within our community. There are no words that can begin to help us comprehend her passing.
Her husband expressed it better than anyone possibly could: “Please know that I am so incredibly grateful for 25 years of having Rebekah with me almost every day. Rebekah's family shares this view. Please focus on the fact that we had a sage, badass, prescient and solidly grounded being in our midst. Rebekah was the greatest of gifts, and taking her spirit and legacy forward is our family's greatest wish for you."
In light of this tragedy and to celebrate Rebekah Kaplan's work, the California Nurse-Midwives Foundation is creating “The Rebekah Kaplan Legacy BIPOC Scholarship Fund " in order to further Rebekah's passion for educating the next generation of midwives. To launch this fund, we hope to raise $40,000 through a matching contribution campaign. CNMA Health Policy member, Parie Lambert, CNM has offered to match, dollar for dollar, the first $20,000 donated to the fund.
All proceeds will be used to support the needs of students from under-represented communities as they advance through their journey to become midwives.