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Scholars in Service Program

OUR COMMITMENT TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN and LATINA/O STUDENTS
The Scholars in Service Program (SISP) was established in 1996 to recruit and retain underrepresented students of color. We actively seek qualified Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latina/o Students who are committed to working in the medically underserved communities of the East Bay while enrolled in school and after graduation.  

Scholarships are awarded each year to selected incoming Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latina/o students. In the past, scholarships have ranged from $2,000 to $8,000. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate financial need, show leadership, and agree to work in a medically underserved community after graduation.

To qualify for consideration for a scholarship, applicants must :
  • Be of Black/African-American or Hispanic/Latina/o heritage
  • Have a current financial aid application on file with the Financial Aid Office
  • 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 Bay Area universities and universities offering health science programs. We are known for our academic and clinical excellence and for our high pass rate on national licensure exams.  

Unfortunately, the health care profession does not reflect the diversity of the state or the nation. At Samuel Merritt University, with our strong academic reputation and supportive learning environment, we are striving to reverse this trend through the Scholars in Service Program.  

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.
Ethnic Health Institute
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
California Nursing Students’ Association