Samuel Merritt University is dedicated to ensuring that all nurses pursuing a primary care provider role are empowered to do so. Therefore, Samuel Merritt University is offering a variety of Affinity Scholarship opportunities to RN’s enrolling in our MSN or DNP family nurse practitioner program. If you are a nurse that has demonstrated academic success, attained employment experience, or are actively participating in various nursing associations, you may qualify. Prospective students who meet the requirements of a specific Affinity Scholarship, who request consideration, and enroll in the MSN or DNP FNP program will be awarded one of the scholarships described below. Limit one scholarship per student.

$10,000 Scholarships:

• Community Impact Scholarship:

Criteria: For nurses who currently work in, or have experience with, underserved populations or settings such as: federally qualified health centers, public hospitals, rural settings, county or community clinics or agencies, prison systems, Veteran’s hospitals, LGBTQ+ communities, or whose advanced practice objective is to work in these areas.

• Experienced Nurse Scholarship:

For nurses with 10 or more years of patient care experience.

First Generation Scholarship:

For first generation college students.

Nursing Leadership Scholarship:

For nurses who have held nursing leadership roles for 2 or more years.

Academic Excellence Scholarship:

3.8 cumulative GPA from degree granting institution.

Legacy Scholarship:

For family members of SMU alumni including children, grandchildren, spouses, nieces/nephews, in-laws.

• Membership Affiliation:

Proof of membership in a nursing association such as:

  • Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association
  • American Association for Men in Nursing
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • Philippines Nurses Association of America

20% Discount Scholarships:

• Alumni Scholarship:

For all Samuel Merritt University alumni.

• Sutter Health Employee Scholarship:

For all Sutter Health Care employees.

Full Scholarship

• DACA students:

For students with DACA status.

Learn More About Scholarship Eligibility

Affinity scholarships are available for fulltime MSN FNP or DNP FNP students and are divided evenly over each semester of the program. Students who move to part-time or who take a leave of absence, will lose Affinity Scholarship availability.