Background: There is a lack of diversity in the master’s prepared nursing workforce. One nursing school implemented a scholarship program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Primary Nurse Practitioner tracks. Method: Awardees were required to be full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need. Each student was matched with a faculty member for regular mentorship. Student progress was evaluated every three months, with follow-up 1 year after graduation. Results: A total of 45 students received the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) over 2 consecutive years. Of the 45 students, 26 (58%) identified themselves as Hispanic and 11 (24%) as black. A total of 42 (93%) of 45 SDS students completed the original plan of study and passed the national certification board. Conclusion: The SDS serves as a model of an effective mentorship program to assist nurse practitioner students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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