Join a national network of AHEC Scholars to develop the skills you need to make a difference in our state of health.
About AHEC and Why this Program?

NC AHEC has nine regional centers, approximately 2,500 employees, and comprehensive statewide activities in health careers, continuing professional development, community-based health professions education, graduate medical education, and practice transformation.

We run 26 community-based residency programs and have ongoing programs with all five public and private medical schools, all nursing programs, all physician assistant programs, all academic hospitals, and 54 of the state’s 57 community colleges, as well as other health professions schools. As an NC AHEC Scholar, you’ll have access to this vast network, statewide NC AHEC resources, and more—including the AHEC Digital Library, which you’ll find useful throughout your career in health care.

The NC AHEC Scholars Experience

Co-created and co-taught by faculty across the state, with both statewide and regional components, the two-year NC AHEC Scholars Program includes 40 hours of didactics and 40 hours of clinical work each year. Scholars develop new skills and are introduced to an interprofessional framework that will be crucial to improving health and health care.

Curricular Components of the NC AHEC Scholars Program includes (and not limited to):

• Interprofessional Education
• Behavioral Health Education
• Social Determinants of Health
• Cultural Competency
• Practice Transformation
• Practical Clinical Skills
• Prevention
• Systems Science
• Model for Improvement
• Disparities
• Current and Emerging Issues
• Regional Topics

Time Line and Benefits

Interested applicants for the 2021-22 NC AHEC Scholars Program must complete the online application by September 2, 2021. The online application is available now.

Once you have completed and submitted the application form, qualified and eligible applicants will move into the review phase of the application process. Each region’s Application Review Committee will review the applications and select finalists for in-person and/or virtual interviews. The final group of selected 2021-22 NC AHEC Scholars will be notified by September 15, 2021. A new cohort of students will be added each year and applicants are encouraged to reapply, if not selected for the present program year.

The program will begin in September and run through May each year. Selected applicants participate in a certificate or two-year educational program and receive $2,000 stipend ($1,000 per year). Upon completion of the program, NC AHEC Scholars receive AHEC Community Health Scholar certification, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.

Our Partners

The AHEC Scholars Program is part of the national AHEC organization, which supports and advances the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) network to improve health by leading the nation in recruitment, training, and retention of a diverse health care work force for under served communities. Visit for more information.

Application Process

Program Eligibility
The NC AHEC Scholars Program aims to meet multiple, identified gaps in the North Carolina health care workforce. Health care professions students enrolled full-time in a community college or four-year university may apply to the NC AHEC Scholars Program. Applications from health professions students from disadvantaged and/or rural backgrounds, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college will be heavily weighted. Each of the nine NC AHEC regions will select a group of scholars that represent diverse backgrounds and institutions and a variety of health care professions, including dentistry, management science, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech therapy, and many others.

Application Requirements
Interested applicants must fill out and submit the online application form. In the online application, you will be asked to provide a 500-word essay describing why you would like to participate in the NC AHEC Scholars Program and two letters of reference from teachers/faculty, community leaders, mentors.

For More Information

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Or contact Tonya Burney, Southern Regional AHEC Director, Health Careers and Workforce Diversity at (910) 678-7201 or

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