About AGC Scholarships
There are at least 7 million infertile individuals in the U.S. The majority have no insurance coverage for fertility treatments, which can range in cost between $10,000 and $25,000 per cycle. For individuals dealing with infertility, the staggering price of diagnoses and fertility treatments may make the dream of parenthood seem out of reach. AGC is nonprofit group committed to providing both advocacy and scholarships for those struggling with infertility in the United States.
A Gift of Hope
The AGC Hope Scholarship, established in 2010, will make it possible for individuals who do not have the financial resources the opportunity to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. Applicants will be asked to complete a confidential application describing their infertility history, personal situation and financial need.
AGC Board of Directors
Aprill and her husband struggled with infertility for 4.5 years before having their first child, via adoption, Miles. Aprill and her husband eventually had a pregnancy that made it full term and resulted in their second son, Mark. Their journey with infertility brought them through 3 IUI, 9 IVF (6 fresh, 3 frozen) and 4 losses. Through this experience she has become very familiar with the process and costs, both financial and emotional, of fertility treatments and infertility diagnoses. Meeting other couples going through the same process, Aprill began to hear more and more stories of people taking out second mortgages, loans, and borrowing money from family and friends to pay for fertility treatments. These stories inspired her to create a scholarship foundation to ease the financial burden of this costly and difficult procedure. In addition to her personal experience in this area, Aprill is a graduate of Worcester State College. Along with her responsibilities with AGC, Aprill is a full time employee at a Pharmaceutical Company.
Mikalah and her husband struggled with infertility for two years before having their first son followed by their second son two years later. Their journey of infertility consisted of 6 IVF procedures (6 fresh) with PGD and 5 losses. Mikalah’s personal experiences with infertility and recurrent loss has taught her about the financial and emotional costs of fertility treatments. Mikalah is also a graduate of Providence College where she majored in Business Management and took classes in all aspects of business, including accounting, management, marketing.
Katie and her husband struggled having a second child for 5 years. Their journey of infertility consisted of 7 IVF procedures (6 fresh, 1 frozen) and 2 losses. However, through adoption, they now have a second daughter. Katie has personal experience with the financial and emotional costs of fertility treatments as well as adoption. It is her hope that though AGC she can be an advocate and source of support for those who are struggling to have their first child or add to their existing family. In addition, Katie is a graduate of Stonehill College with a B.A. in Psychology. She has over 12 years of professional experience as a paralegal for a Boston-area law firm and as a pharmaceutical representative for a major pharmaceutical company. She is currently enjoying her role as Chief Domestic Engineer (stay at home mom).
Stacy Bjorkman, PhD
Stacy battled infertility for over four years (1 natural conception, 4 IUIs, 4 IVFs, 7 losses) before her son, Henry, was born through FET and the support of a reproductive immunologist. Though Henry was expected to be born healthy, he died of an extremely rare genetic disease when he was 7-months old. Stacy’s experiences with infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and infant loss have taught her much about the financial, emotional, and psychological toll that reproductive challenges take on individuals, couples, and families. Stacy holds degrees in psychology and educational administration from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University and is currently employed full-time as a psychology professor.
Tracey and her husband struggled with unexplained infertility and recurrent miscarriages for over three years before adopting their first child, Lily. While waiting to adopt their second child, Tracey unexpectedly became pregnant and they went on to have a healthy baby girl, Hope. Their infertility journey spanned more than seven years. Through these experiences, Tracey has become an advocate of adoption and a passionate supporter of those individuals dealing with infertility and loss. Tracey has more than 10 years marketing and advertising experience. She is a graduate of Merrimack College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.