Our Collaborator — Rosalynn Carter Institute
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to enhance her long-standing commitments to human development and mental health.
By the end of 2001, Mattie and Former President Jimmy Carter had become close friends and were supporting each other in efforts to bring peace to our world. In 2002, Mattie was introduced to the Mrs. Carter at an event at the Kennedy Center, during which he was invited to deliver and introductory speech about the humanitarian efforts of President and Mrs. Carter.
While planning his comments, Mattie learned more about Rosalynn’s work in caregiving, and became very interested in RCI. During 2003, she invited Mattie to speak at her annual summit on intergenerational caregiving. During that speech, Mattie said,
“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.”
When Mattie died in 2004, President Carter delivered the eulogy during his funeral. Mrs. Carter and her staff at RCI chose to create a scholarship in Mattie’s honor that would be given to four recipients each year. RCI believes strongly in recognizing excellence in caregiving, in caregiving research, and in caregiving practice.
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 are awarded each spring, and recipients are invited to the be recognized by Mrs. Carter during the fall RCI summit in Americus, GA.
For more information on the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship,
please visit http://www.rosalynncarter.org/Mattie%20Stepanek/
For more information about RCI, please visit www.rosalynncarter.org.