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 Coordinator: Rachel Williams

Grand Challenge Advisor/Retention Coach: Claudia Booker

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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 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 satisfactory behavior under the Student Code of Conduct. It is our hope and expectation that each student who begins under the Grand Challenge Scholarship will complete all coursework over the four year college and graduate. Scholarships do not cover the annual fee (for our accreditors), nor the cost of books, travel, lodging during the short on-campus intensives, pre-requisite courses or outside tests, or preceptor fees in the event a preceptor charges fees. For more information click here.

NARM Study Retreat: (Note: This is a change) Tuition scholarships for the On-line NARM Study Course will be granted one per month that there is a qualified applicant. To apply, applicant must be show proof of meeting NARM requirements to sit the NARM exam at the time of application. For more information click here.

Seminars or Workshops: One tuition scholarship is available for each seminar or workshop taught by Mercy In Action, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and any CEUs, but does not cover travel, food, or lodging. Check website for updated seminar dates.

Applications for this scholarship must be submitted to Mercy In Action no later than 45 days before the date of the seminar or workshop. Consideration will be given to applicants who live or serve the community in or near the locale of the seminar or workshop. For more information click here.

Please complete the scholarship application below.

NOTE: There are no scholarships available for online courses with the exception of the On-line NARM Study Course.