Community-Needs Based 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 the 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
College of Midwifery Scholarships
One full Grand Challenge scholarship ( including room and board on campus) 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 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 eight 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.