Scholarship for Black Student Midwives

Scholarship for Black Student Midwives

$5,990.13 of $7,800

$7800 is full year of tuition for a Black or Indigenous midwifery student.

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Your donation has a positive and direct impact on the education of a Black or Indigenous midwifery student.


Your donation will be deposited directly into a Black or Indigenous student midwife's tuition account providing them with visible proof that their work is valuable and they have your support.

$325 per month

Student Sponsor: By providing a half-scholarship, your ongoing donation gives a Black or Indigenous student the opportunity to pursue a high quality midwifery education.

$650 per month

Student Benefactor: Your ongoing scholarship donation at the Student Benefactor level is life-changing, both for the student midwife and the community they are committed to serve.


Student Mentor: Your generous gift provides a student midwife of color with a scholarship covering 25% of their tuition for one year.

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Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery is an accredited 3 year non-profit institute providing current, relevant, and clinically robust education in the art and science of midwifery. We are committed to improving outcomes in birth and health care in the United States and throughout the world. Our graduates are prepared to function as independent care providers for pregnant and birthing clients and newborns, and go on to become Certified Professional Midwives licensed in their home states.

The US maternal mortality rate currently stands among the lowest ranked in the industrialized world. These abysmal figures are in large part driven by African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women who are about three times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy than white women in the United States. A year ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists acknowledged that racial bias within the health care system is contributing to the disproportionate number of pregnancy-related deaths among minority women. The patient centered and respectful care provided by midwives has been shown to reduce racially based disparities both in maternal mortality and preterm birth rates. Care provided by midwives of the same racial and cultural background further increases well being and optimal outcomes in communities affected by racism and bias.

Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery is committed to expanding access to midwifery education for aspiring midwives of color in order to ensure that all communities have midwives that share their experience. We are fundraising to extend the reach of the Nizhoni Grand Challenge Scholarship which has provided a full 3 year scholarship to an incoming student of color every year since 2017. The contribution of our first Student Sponsor, Acorn Birth Center in Fallbrook CA, gave us the flexibility to extend an additional half scholarship to a student of color in need of financial assistance to stay in school and complete their midwifery education. Nizhoni, our students, and their future clients are all grateful for your donation of any size.

Nizhoni Institute Of Midwifery is a tax-exempt public nonprofit (federal tax ID # 32-0131849). All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.