Midwives of Color Scholarships
African American babies have 2-3 times the infant mortality rate of the national average in America, and African American mothers are 3-4 times more likely than white mothers to die of birth complications. The situation is also grim for Native Americans/Alaska Natives. If anyone from these ethnic and racial groups wants to become a midwife to serve her own people group, Mercy In Action will help. Women from these groups need support and resources from providers that understand the dynamics of their lives and how these stresses can contribute to poor outcomes in birth. For that reason, Mercy In Action is offering scholarships to African American and American Indian/Alaska Natives who will become midwives to serve their own communities in America.
Until the shocking disparity in maternity outcomes in America is solved, we will give scholarships to midwife students who qualify for the programs we offer as defined below, within the context of evidence-based solutions (see chart of neonatal death rates per ethnic/racial populations in America). We hope that others involved in midwifery education will take our ideas, replicate them and scale them up to whatever will help to eliminate the racial disparity in birth outcomes.
GRAND CHALLENGE TEAM VOLUNTEER LEADERS:
Grand Challenge Coordinator: Rachel Williams
Grand Challenge Advisor/Retention Coach: Claudia Booker
Scholarships are available for women from the African-American or First Nations (American Indian /Alaska Native) community planning to serve that community in the USA.
College of Midwifery: One full scholarship ( including room and board during campus intensives) is available per start-date, and is awarded on a merit basis with the same criteria as used for general admission. This scholarship is granted only after acceptance into the college, and is on a semester by semester basis; the award of this scholarship will be re-evaluated at the end of each semester according to Satisfactory Academic Progress and our Student Code of Conduct. It is our hope and expectation that each student who begins under the Grand Challenge Scholarship will complete all coursework and graduate. Scholarships do not cover the annual fee, nor the cost of books, travel, pre-requisite courses or outside tests, or preceptor fees in the event a preceptor charges fees. More information available here
NARM Study Retreat: One full Room and Board scholarship covering the cost of the retreat and lodging and food is granted for each NARM Study Retreat on a first-come, first-serve basis. Unlimited tuition scholarships (not including room and board) are available for each live NARM Study Retreat. To apply, students must be finished or almost finished with requirements to sit the NARM exam at the time of application. Lodging with all food provided is available onsite for a cost of $50 per night, and include shuttle transportation to and from the Boise airport. More information available here.
Seminars or Workshops: One tuition scholarship is available for each and every seminar or workshop taught by Mercy In Action. The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and any CEUs, but does not cover travel, food, or lodging. Check website for updated seminar dates.
NOTE: There are no scholarships available for online courses.