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 Native Indian/Eskimo community planning to serve that community in the USA.
College of Midwifery: Two full scholarships ( including room and board on campus) are available per start-date, and are awarded on a merit basis with the same criteria as used for general admission. This scholarship is granted 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 abiding by our Student Code of Conduct. It is our hope and expectation that each student who begins under the Grand Challenge Scholarship will complete all six semesters 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 scholarship ( including room and board on campus) and unlimited tuition scholarships only (not including room and board) are available for each NARM Study Retreat (students must have approval from NARM to sit the exam at the time they apply.) The full Tuition Plus Room and Board scholarship covers the cost of tuition, lodging and food, and is granted on a first-come, first-serve. The Tuition Only Scholarship covers the retreat but does not cover the cost of lodging or food (available onsite at $50 per day). All scholarships cover the cost of 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.