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AHEC Scholars

We are now accepting applications for our next cohort of AHEC Scholars!

The deadline to apply is Saturday, August 10, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST.
Applicants will be notified of their status by Saturday, August 17, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST.

Apply today! AHEC Scholars Application 2024

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What is AHEC Scholars?
The AHEC Scholars Program is for current health professions students interested in positioning themselves to join a well-prepared, diverse, and culturally competent healthcare workforce. The program’s core topics are:

  • Inter-professional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals
  • Virtual Learning and Telehealth 
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current & Emerging Health Issues

What are the program requirements?
This two-year program requires 40 hours each year of didactic experiences and 40 hours of team- and community-based experiences each year. This is in addition to your regular course load. (Some current courses may be eligible for program credit.)

  • Each cohort is limited to 15 students.
  • AHEC Scholars cohorts begin each fall on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.

What are the benefits?
Participation in AHEC Scholars provides students with a variety of benefits including:

  • Stipends (each year) depending upon funding available
  • Participation in professional conferences and continuing education opportunities
  • Student research opportunities
  • Clinical and community shadowing experiences
  • Rural and Appalachian cultural experiences
  • Recognition from the National AHEC organization

Who can apply?
The program is open to students in the third and final years of a degree (or an associate's degree) in disciplines supporting primary healthcare services delivery in clinical and non-clinical roles. Applicable majors include but are not limited to medicine, community and public health, nursing, and allied health programs. The program has a special interest in students from underserved, under-represented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

If you have any questions, please email Taylor O'Shaughnessy, MPH, MCHES at

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under U77HP23072 Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement, with a total award amount of $2,458,907.00 and a non-federal share of 53%. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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