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FAQs - International Conference Scholarship

2020 Annual Conference

  1. When is the Heartbeat International Annual Conference?

April 14-16, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. For those traveling overnight, we strongly recommend that you plan to arrive at least the day before to accommodate to account for time differences and jet lag. If you receive a scholarship, we expect that you participate from the beginning of the conference through the close of the conference.

  1. How many scholarships does Heartbeat make available?

Heartbeat typically provides 15-25 scholarships at some level to its Annual Conference. Demand for scholarships is generally greater than what we can provide, and Heartbeat provides as many as we possibly can, based on what the budget will allow in that conference year. Furthermore, typically, we award one scholarship per organization. You must apply so that you can be considered for a scholarship.

  1. I can’t wait to attend! What is next?

Check to see if you are currently affiliated with Heartbeat directly, or with one of our Joint Affiliation Partners (JAP). Our JAPs are Africa Cares for Life, Association for Life of Africa, Be’Ad Chaim, Canadian Association of Pregnancy Services, Centros de Ayuda para la Mujer, Movimento per la Vita, Pregnancy Help Australia, Pregnancy Support Services of Asia, and ProVida   You can check your affiliation status by asking your JAP, and if you are affiliated with Heartbeat directly you can log in to your account. If you find that your status is in grace or expired, you will need to reaffiliate. In that case, contact the JAP or click here to reaffiliate.

  1. I checked and my affiliation is current, now what?

Click here to access the online application. If you cannot access it online, you will need to complete the hard copy application and scan the completely filled out application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application must be completely filled out and the information must be accurate. So, if you have not checked the correct status of your affiliation, the application will be rejected.

  1. Does calling and emailing help the selection process?

No. In fact, calling and emailing several times slows down the entire process. You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your application. After that, the International Program Specialist will review and check the information submitted for each application. With few exceptions, applications are considered on a first come first serve basis.

  1. When is the application process closed?

It will be a hard close on January 30, 2020. That means that no applications will be accepted after January 30, 2020. Do not delay if you want your application to be considered. Late applications will not be considered.

  1. When will decisions be made?

Decisions will be made by February 7, 2020 and emails will be sent out to individuals who have received scholarships as well as stating the level and conditions of the scholarship.

  1. What do you mean by level and conditions of scholarship?

Some recipients will receive a scholarship for registration (which includes all hotel provided meals for the duration of the conference) for the Annual Conference only (a $619.00 USD value). Some may receive a scholarship for registration and hotel accommodation (Value $1,200.00). Recipients will need to provide evidence of confirmed travel reservations and/or hotel accommodations. If those are not provided within a month of notice of the scholarship grant, the scholarship offer may/will be revoked and offered to another applicant.

Therefore, we recommend that anyone desiring to attend the Annual Conference seek permission from your Board now and begin the fundraising process for travel and hotel.

  1. Does Heartbeat pay for VISA applications?

No, but we will provide letters of invitation to be used in the VISA application process if you indicate on your application you need a letter.

  1. Once selected, what is required of scholarship recipients?

Scholarship recipients are expected to:

  • Understand English at a level sufficient for keynotes and workshops;
  • Attend conference workshops and keynote sessions.
  • Be willing to share a hotel room with other international guests.
  • Grant permission for their pictures and stories to be used by Heartbeat.
  • Following the conference, give feedback to Heartbeat’s International Program Specialist regarding their experience;
  • Be able to communicate regularly via e-mail with Heartbeat’s International Coordinator in the months and weeks prior to the conference to answer questions, arrange preparations, and provide confirmation of travel itinerary. (Failure to provide this information in a timely manner may jeopardize a scholarship which may be offered to those who can confirm their travel information.)
  1. How many days should I plan for attendance?

Typically, Heartbeat international scholarship recipients arrive at the conference location in America one or two days prior to the conference. This allows the recipient time to rest and acclimate to the time change as well as an opportunity for fellowship among the international group and Heartbeat staff.

Internationals may have arranged or may create additional opportunities while in the U.S. for the Heartbeat conference. Heartbeat encourages this (as long as it does not conflict with attendance at the conference) but does not assume responsibility for any expenses, transportation, travel, etc.

If the scholarship offered includes hotel lodging, it is only for this time frame and the conference itself. Any additional time before or after the Heartbeat conference (for travel reasons or otherwise) is not Heartbeat’s expectation or responsibility.

  1. Who is the contact person for scholarship requests and questions?

The International Program Specialist, Ellen Foell. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do NOT contact others at Heartbeat International. It will only slow down the processing of your application.

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Thank You for Your YES

Dear Friends in Christ and Fellow Laborers in the Service of Life and Family,Fr Boquet Photo

Thank you for your heroic witness and numerous sacrifices offered on behalf of the most vulnerable of our global societies. As fellow servants of Life and Family, HLI has experienced the powerful life-changing impact of Pregnancy Centers and the services they offer.

Heartbeat International's mission is to “Reach and Rescue as many lives as possible, around the world, through an effective network of life-affirming pregnancy help, to Renew communities for Life.” This effort is possible and actualized because you believe that every precious life matters and has inherent dignity – is unrepeatable and deserves to be protected and served.

Your intercession has not only saved the lives of countless innocent pre-born children and their families from the violence of abortion, but it has also inspired greater awareness of our need to step out of our comfort zone and dare to stare the ongoing, physical reality of abortion in the face. Nothing brings home the brutal reality of abortion like standing on a sidewalk watching as men and women walk into an abortion facility to have their precious children killed. This experience can be gut-wrenching, but it’s also exactly what many of us need to shake off our complacency and light a fire in our bellies for Life. 

Your great mission challenges every member of society, Christian and non-Christian, to answer the questions, “Who is my neighbor?” and “Lord, when did I see you hungry, thirsty or naked…?”

Because of your love and compassion, people who believe in the dignity and sacredness of all human life, women and their unborn children receive genuine care and support, no matter the circumstances. Your charity and intervention authentically helps women see past the pro-abortion propaganda and immediate struggle they face, offering a variety of true help and services. Heartbeat’s accompaniment stands in stark contrast to the death peddlers whose solution to a current “crisis” is the destruction of a child and a mother’s lifetime filled with misery and memories of “what could have been.”

I believe abortion will never end until every Christian man and woman of good will considers it a personal responsibility to do everything reasonably in his or her power to protect life. That’s because abortion is so deeply embedded in our culture, we can’t expect a mere change of the laws, or the correct

public relations “strategy”, executed by large pro-life organizations, to loosen its stranglehold. What we need above all is conversion of heart, on a societal scale. And unless Christians like you and me are out there, literally on the street corners, publicly witnessing to self-sacrificial love and the Gospel message that will never happen.

Yet, it is hard to comprehend what our world would be like without people like you willing to sacrifice for Love. There is no doubt that the grip of the Evil One and the Culture of Death would be far tighter. You seek no self-congratulatory praise but offer everything for God’s glory alone. Know that you, a unique and unrepeatable gift, are making an irreplaceable difference. You are saving lives, one heartbeat at a time.

Thank you for saying YES!

Fraternally in Christ,

Rev. Father Shenan J. Boquet

President of Human Life International

Join us for Fr. Boquet's keynote address at the 2018 Heartbeat International Annual Conference. Fr. Boquet will be just one of seven kenote speakers at this year's Heartbeat Conference in Anaheim, California. Click here to learn more and register!

'No Low-Lights, Only Highlights' at 2017 Conference

Interesting how opposition to our work tends to backfire, isn’t it?

Planned several years in advance for Chicago, Heartbeat International’s 2017 Annual Conference gathered over 1,200 life-affirming leaders in the heart of a state that is leading the way in chilling the conscience rights of its pro-life citizens.

Yes, states like Illinois, California and Hawaii are trying to squelch life-affirming options to abortion through the legislature. But no, their effort doesn’t seem to be having its desired effect.

The largest-ever pregnancy help conference, this year’s four-day event featured a star-studded cast of keynote speakers highlighted by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, as well as pro-life leaders Anne Pierson, Jill Stanek and Ryan Bomberger.

Dr. William Lyle—a member of Heartbeat’s medical advisory council—also took the stage to tell his tremendous story, and attendees were treated to inspiring appearances on our main stage by the Benham Brothers and comedienne Anita Renfroe.

Add to this year’s keynotes 90 workshops, plus 15 in-depth-day opportunities and worship led by Matt Hammitt, and you start to get a snapshot of a movement that’s adding more momentum every day.

As one attendee said about this year’s conference, “There were no low-lights. Only highlights.”

Whether or not you came to this year’s event, you can download recordings of each keynote and workshop session (here).

And, mark your calendar for April 10-12, 2018, when Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference comes to Anaheim, Calif. 


Heartbeat International Annual Conference

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April 14-16, 2020

Who Should Attend the 2020 Heartbeat International Conference?

Heartbeat’s Annual Conference is designed for ministry leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers of life-affirming pregnancy help centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, and non-profit adoption agencies, as well as professionals in the areas of medicine, counseling, social work, and education.

Our conference offers the most dynamic training to equip ministers and empower ministries worldwide in the pregnancy help community through the Largest International Pregnancy Help Conference, this year online! There will be plenty to learn in this new format with the following trainings available:

  • Unique, Professional Keynote Sessions
  • Inspiring and Practical PEG Talks 
  • Distinctive, Ful-Day In-Depth Training Sessions
  • Workshop Presentations from Ministry Experts
  • And much more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Pricing:

Register by April 7th Register after April 8th
$199 $299


Daily Schedule

Tuesday, April 14
On day one, we'll set the stage for everyone logging in for our virtual conference. Attendees will have the option to choose either one (1) In-Depth Training that will span three sessions over the day or three (3) different workshops.

  • 11:00 am EST - Opening Keynote
  • 12:00 pm EST - Workshop Session A or In-Depth Session 1
  • 1:10 pm EST - PEG Talk
  • 1:30 pm EST - Workshop Session B or In-Depth Session 2
  • 2:40 pm EST - PEG Talk
  • 3:00 pm EST - Workshop Session C or In-Depth Session 3
  • 4:00 pm EST - Keynote

Wednesday, April 15
Attendees will have the option to choose either one (1) In-Depth Training that will span three sessions over the day or three (3) different workshops.

  • 11:00 am EST - Keynote
  • 12:00 pm EST - Workshop Session D or In-Depth Session 1
  • 1:10 pm EST - PEG Talk
  • 1:30 pm EST - Workshop Session E or In-Depth Session 2
  • 2:40 pm EST - PEG Talk
  • 3:00 pm EST - Workshop Session F or In-Depth Session 3
  • 4:00 pm EST - Keynote

Thursday, April 16
Attendees will have the option to choose either one (1) In-Depth Training that will span three sessions over the day or three (3) different workshops.

  • 11:00 am EST - Keynote
  • 12:00 pm EST - Workshop Session G or In-Depth Session 1
  • 1:10 pm EST - PEG Talk
  • 1:30 pm EST - Workshop Session H or In-Depth Session 2
  • 2:40 pm EST - PEG Talk
  • 3:00 pm EST - Workshop Session I or In-Depth Session 3
  • 4:00 pm EST - Keynote

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Hotel Information

Join us from wherever you are! 

No need to travel or book a hotel with the 2020 Virtual Pregnancy Help Conference. You can join us live from your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer whether you're quarantining at home, still in the office (a safe distance from others!), or anywhere else you might be from April 14-16.

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Special thank you to our Conference Gold Sponsors! 


An amazing admiration for our Bronze Sponsors!

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If you are interested in having your organization highlighted at the conference, Conference Sponsorship is a good option for you. Email Andrea Trudden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today for more information.

See the way the 2020 Heartbeat Conference has evolved! Click here for more details.

Order 2019 Conference Recordings

2019 Conference Recordings are available for purchase in our HeartCart. 

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