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Scholars in Service Program

 

Membership in the Scholars in Service Program include students from all SMU academic programs who wish to serve as leaders on campus and in the community and who commit to serving the community in some way.

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. The trend toward community-based health care has intensified the need for skilled, compassionate health care professionals who are culturally sensitive to urban populations like Oakland.

Unfortunately, the health care profession does not reflect the diversity of the state or the nation. For example, according to a Sullivan Commission Report on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce done in 2002 nationwide only 5.5% of all graduating nurses were African American and 1.5% Hispanic \ Latino\a . At Samuel Merritt University, with our strong academic reputation and supportive learning environment, we are striving to reverse that trend through the Scholars in Service Program.

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

Hope Scholarships are awarded each year to selected incoming African, African-American and Hispanic \ Latino\a students in the BSN, ABSN, ELMSN Case Management, ELMSN Family Nurse Practitioner, Occupationl Therapy, and Physical Therapy programs. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate financial need and academic ability with their incoming grade point average.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be of African-American or Hispanic \ Latino\a heritage
  • Be accepted into the BSN, ABSN, ELMSN, OT, or PT programs at Samuel Merritt University
  • Have a current financial aid application on file with the Financial Aid Office
  • Have achieved academic success at the college level

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD AMOUNTS 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: $1,000-$7,000
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (5 awards available): $11,000 each
Entry-Level Case Management (2 awards available): $10,000 each
Entry-Level Family Nurse Practitioner (2 awards available): $10,000 each
Occupational Therapy (2 awards available): $10,000 each
Physical Theraphy (2 awards available): $10,000 each

Other Scholarship Resources: Outside Scholarship Resources

SUPPORT PROGRAMS TO HELP YOU SUCCEED

Students in the program are highly motivated and benefit from the programs we have in place to provide personal and academic support. These support programs include:

  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Mentorship
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Learning Support Services
  • Academic Enrichment Workshops
  • Personal Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

SCHEDULE

Meetings are held once per month. The Scholars in Service Coordinator will send out a calendar request at the beginning of each semester with dates, times, and locations.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN YOUR SUCCESS

We have recently begun a partnership with Mentoring in Medicine and Science (www.mimscience.org) to provide various  workshops for Scholars in Service participants in the several of the following areas.
 

  • Financial Information Post Graduation
  • Life Coaching
  • Interview Skills
  • Networking
  • New Graduate Preparation
  • Current Health Care Provider Panel

 

SISP Leadership Team

Dr. Craig Elliott

Tari Witherspoon

Elaine Lemay

Margrette Peterson

Che Abram

Lily Marquez