Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

What is the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program?

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students  Program is a scholarship program for students to meet the growing demand for nurses to work in medically underserved communities. [The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program is funded through HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) Grant T08HP20536.]

To apply to be a part of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program, applicants must demonstrate financial need/Pell grant eligibility and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Member of an ethnic or racial minority
  • First generation student (first in family to attend college)
  • Educationally disadvantaged

To be considered, applicants must be:

  • In good academic standing
  • A full-time students (12 credit hours/semester)
  • Willing to participate in 90% of the SDS program activities

Preference may be given to those students planning to seek employment in a medically underserved community (https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/analyzers/geo/ShortageArea.aspx).

Eligible Costs

Students selected to be part of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program for the 2017-2018 academic year will be eligible for scholarships for unmet financial need (costs not covered by grant programs such as Pell or MAP).

The award may include funding for housing in the Methodist College Student Housing complex. 

How to Apply

Applications for the Spring 2018 SDS program are now being accepted!

All scholarship applications will be accepted through the Methodist College Scholarship Application Portal. 


The application deadline for the Fall semester is April 30 and October 31 for the Spring semester.

For more information, contact: sds-scholars@methodistcol.edu.