The Financial Aid Office at Samuel Merritt University encourages all students to research scholarship opportunities. For assistance in the scholarship application process and for scholarship websites, please refer to the two documents below:
Scholarship FlyerScholarship Guide

Please refer below for specific Samuel Merritt University scholarships.


Students in Nursing or in a Health Science Program who reside in Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Cherryland, or Ashland Area are eligible to apply for the 2015 George Bischalaney Eden Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship. The Deadline for this application is on May 31, 2015. To download the application please click on the following link: George Bischalaney Eden Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship Application

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 510-869-1590 for more information.


Students beginning the ELMS Case Management program are eligible to apply for a $2500 Kindred Scholarship.  The scholarship is based on academic excellence and passion about Case Management as evidenced by a short essay.

Please contact Tanya Grigg at for more information.



Health Resources and Services Administration

Samuel Merritt University has been awarded $5.2 million over the next four years from the Health Resources and Services Administration to award scholarships to economically and/or educationally disadvantaged Master of Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Scholarships of $15,000 each will be awarded to 86 students per year through 2016.  Current and incoming students are eligible to receive the scholarship.  Students who remain in good standing will receive priority consideration for each year they are successfully enrolled in the program.

For information, please contact the academic program chair:

Physical Therapy
Dr. Terry Nordstrom, Program Chair

Physician Assistant
Dr. Michael DeRosa, Program Chair


Veterans Caucus Scholarship Applications Due March 1

Dear PAEA Members,

The AAPA Veterans Caucus is accepting applications for its 2013 scholarship cycle. In 2012, the Veterans Caucus awarded over $26,000 in scholarship money. The deadline to apply is March 1. For qualifications, and to apply, visit the Veterans Caucus website

PAEA Collecting Nominations for National Advisory Council on the NHSC

PAEA is collecting applications for nominees to the National Advisory Council (NAC) on the National Health Service Corps. The NHSC is seeking five nominees to serve three-year terms on the NAC beginning after September 30. Nominations are due to PAEA by Monday, March 4 2013.

Below is more information on the NAC and the qualities the NHSC is seeking in council members:

The NHSC’s mission is to build healthy communities by connecting primary health care providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care. The NAC is an advisory committee comprised of a diverse group of primary care clinicians, NHSC alumni, faculty, site administrators, community representatives, and others who are experts in the recruitment and retention of clinicians and practice sites for the NHSC. The NAC advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Director of the NHSC on national policies related to the NHSC and identifies strategic priorities for the Corps.

The NHSC is requesting nominations for individuals with a background in:

  • Primary care
  • Oral health
  • Mental/behavioral health

Individuals should also have expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Working with underserved populations
  • Health care policy
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Site administration
  • Customer service
  • Marketing
  • Organizational partnerships
  • Research
  • Clinical practice

The NHSC is looking for nominees that currently are or have previously filled a role as:

  • A site administrator
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Mid-level professional
  • Mental or behavioral health professional
  • Current or past NHSC scholar or loan repayor

All nominations should be sent to Kendall Williams ( by Monday, March 4 2013. Nominations should include a letter of interest, CV, and a bio. PAEA will screen nominees as part of the process.

PAEA Staff


Samuel Merritt University is pleased to announce the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship.  There are ten awards of  $10,000 per recipient through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  These scholarships are available to students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds entering ELMS Case Management program in Fall 2014. Scholarship recipients must participate in monthly mentoring, leadership activities and Pre-Entry Immersion Program.


Deadline: July 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

For more information please contact the financial aid office at 510.869.1550