Scholars in Service Program

OUR COMMITTMENT TO AFRICAN AMERICAN/BLACK AND HISPANIC/LATINX STUDENTS 

The Scholars in Service Program (SISP) was established in 1996 to recruit and retain underrepresented students of color in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. We actively seek qualified African American/Black and Hispanic/LatinX sudents who are committed to working in the medically underserved communities of the East Bay while enrolled in school and after graduation. Beginning in 2016, the program was expanded to include African American/Black and Hispanic/LatinX students in all academic programs. 

Invitations to the program are sent to all students based on the following: 

  • self-identify as African-American/Black and Hispanic/LatinX
  • Have achieved academic success at the college level
  • Commit to working in a medically underserved community after graduation

THE NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR
Samuel Merritt University has an outstanding reputation among universities offering health science programs. We are known for our academic and clinical excellence and for our high pass rate on national licensure exams.  At present, the health care profession does not reflect the diversity of the state or the nation. Therefore, we are striving to reverse this trend through the Scholars in Service Program.  

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)
OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH

HHS Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Helath Disparities
-review Goal II: Strengthen the Nation’s Health and Human Services Infrastructure and Workforce

Click Here for a photo montage of SISP graduates form 2015

VALUABLE WEBSITES
As you pursue your degree in the health sciences, these organizations and their websites may prove to be valuable resources for your professional development.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
California Nursing Students’ Association

"I raise my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back."

-Malala Yousafzai