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Success in Nursing for Native Americans Through Collaboration (SNNAC)


The purpose of SNNAC is to recruit, retain, and graduate increased numbers of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) pre-licensure nursing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and San Juan College (SJC) to increase the number of AI/AN nurses providing care to AI/AN people in Indian Health Service facilities in New Mexico and across the country.

Program Areas

SNNAC is a joint effort between UNM, SJC, and the Indian Health Service to increase the AI/AN nurse workforce in New Mexico and across the country. To accomplish this goal, SNNAC aims to support current and prospective UNM and SJC nursing students by offering:

  • Cultural, academic, and social support
  • Group mentorship
  • Career planning and advisement
  • Enrichment activities—student success workshops, trainings, etc.


SNNAC also offers a scholarship for qualified students that covers:

  • Tuition, fees, and required books
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses


Students interested in applying for the scholarship are invited to email Shandra D. Burton, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, at to obtain required forms. The next application cycle for the 2018-2019 school year is to be announced.


Candidates must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A member or descendant of a federally recognized AI/AN tribe
  • Enrolled in a UNM or SJC nursing program (academic requirement)
  • Willing to sign a program agreement and contract

Service Commitment

Students who are awarded will commit to work for the Indian Health Service for two or more years following graduation. In addition, recipients will be required to participate in SNNAC activities and trainings.

Selection Criteria

  • Financial Need
  • Student Essay
  • Community Involvement