AHEC Scholars Program: A Community Fellowship

AHEC Scholars is a new nationwide program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and underserved urban settings.


Program Snapshot

  • Scholars earn up to $750 in stipends (per year)
  • Two-year program (160 hours total)
  • 40 hours online learning (per year)
  • 40 hours community based experiences (per year)
  • Focus on six core topic areas
  • Emphasis on rural and underserved urban communities

  • Must be in the final two years of an accredited health professions program. (Two-year degree programs are eligible to apply.)
  • Must be available to participate for two years.
  • Must have reliable transportation: this program includes multiple site visits across the selected AHEC region.
  • Must be able to provide the necessary paperwork (such as W-9 and direct-deposit form) to receive the annual stipend of $750 that supports participation in the AHEC Scholars.
  • Must be willing to respond to AHEC on an annual basis upon completion of the fellowship for updates on practice location and activities.
  • Must submit program evaluations related to fellowship activities.
  • Must be available to participate in 40 hours of online learning units and 40 hours of team-based community experiences per year (for two years).
  • Must be willing to submit to a criminal background check and drug screening.
  • AHEC Scholars Program and Policies
  • Allied Health (Clinical Lab Technology)
  • Paramedic Science
  • Med Tech
  • Health informatics
  • Audiologist
  • Behavioral Health (Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counselors, etc.)
  • Community Health Worker Advocate
  • Dentistry (Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, General Dentistry, etc.)
  • Dentistry Dietetics | Nutrition Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Administration
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Medicine (Medical Assistant, Optometry, Pathologist Assistant, Physician Assistant, DO | MD)
  • Nursing (CNA, LPN, LVN, Nurse Midwife, ASN, BSN, MSN, MS-NP, DNP, etc.)
  • Nutrition / Nutrition Science
  • Occupational Therapy (includes: OTA)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy (includes: PTA)
  • Public Health (All concentrations)
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiological Assistant
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathologist / Speech Therapy
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Behavioral Health Integration promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions.
  • Cultural Competency seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues such as Covid -19, Zika virus, opioid abuse, etc.
  • Interprofessional Education is a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple care professionals.
  • Practice Transformation aims to fully support quality improvement and patient-centered care through goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, health workflow changes, measuring outcomes and adapting organizational tools and processes to support new team-based models of care.
  • Social Determinants of Health focuses on five key areas of economic stability and their impact on health: education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment.

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