I have to say I looked at the program brochure and it says nothing about affirmative action etc. It sounds just like NrsKaren posted. It is program to provide information and mentorship. Personally, I think it is great idea especially if it is open to everyone. Most nurses really don't have an idea of what we do in anesthesia and it is really hard to describe/understand what you will be facing while in anesthesia school.
Just as a side note you can be "white" and get a grant based on being a miniority sometimes... I happen to be a "white" male and was able to get a Carl Perkins grant based on being a male in nursing while getting my LVN several years ago. I don't see anything wrong with getting scholarships
based on race etc. I do have problem with admissions considering race for the applications process, but as far as I know there isn't any nurse anesthesia schools
that use race as determining factor for getting in. When a person gets into nurse anesthesia school and is sitting beside you I think you can be pretty assured that they got in because they were the best qualified for that position at that time based on grades/interview/work experience etc. not race.
All I really have to say is good luck to everyone that gets into nurse anesthesia school. It is a long and grueling process, but as I am nearing graduation at the end of this year it seems like the whole process has seemed worth it.