Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program

2024–2026 Scholars Program

We are accepting applications for Cohort 7 of the NC AHEC Scholars Program, and there are limited slots. Applications received by July 1 will be notified by July 31 of admission. Applications received after July 1 will be a priority for Cohort 8 if Cohort 7 spots are filled. 

Scholars should anticipate attending the NC Emerging Leaders Conference on February 5-7, 2025.

Download the NC AHEC Scholars Information Flyer

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NC AHEC Scholars application form QR code

Scholars will participate in both experiential and didactic learning opportunities that will explore topics such as:

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

Want to join a community of lifelong learners and responsible global citizens and be part of an interprofessional network dedicated to improving health care?

Wondering how to set yourself apart in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive healthcare system?

If so, then the Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program is for you. Scholars will develop new skills and be introduced to an interprofessional framework crucial to improving health and health care. We teach, model, and encourage a love of learning, collaboration, and compassion for others, working collaboratively to ensure every Scholar achieves academically, socially, and emotionally.

  • Scholars will be better positioned to work with diverse patients in rural and/or underserved communities.
  • Network with like-minded Scholars who want to make a difference in healthcare.

Our Piedmont AHEC Scholars

Hear what our past Scholars have said about their experiences:

“WIIFM?” – What’s in it for me?

Piedmont AHEC Scholars two-year Program – Scholars will meet in person in Greensboro, NC, to complete 20 hours of regional didactics each year during the scholars’ program. Additionally, all scholars must commit to attending the NC AHEC statewide Emerging Leaders in Healthcare Conference, where scholars convened from across the state over a weekend (February 7-9, 2025) to complete approximately 20 hours of didactics together, totaling 40 hours of didactic teaching each year. As your academic schedule permits, you must schedule forty hours of clinical experiential work per academic year, with a total of 80 hours of work completed within the two years.

Applicants selected for the program will receive a stipend subject to academic or institutional approval. Upon completing the program, NC AHEC Scholars receive the AHEC Community Health Scholar certification, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.

You will cultivate many professional skills, including but not limited to the following:

  • You will grow your capacity for problem-solving, decision-making, resourcefulness, teamwork, self-discipline, and commitment.
  • Your AHEC Community Health Scholar certification will show the world you have the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to make a difference in healthcare.
  • As an NC AHEC Scholar, you’ll have access to a vast network, statewide NC AHEC resources, and more— including the AHEC Digital Library, which you’ll find helpful throughout your career in healthcare.

You will be making a difference in the future of healthcare:

  • You will be helping to create a high-achieving multicultural community for learning.
  • You can empower students to become scholars.
  • You will gain exposure to rural health and be a champion for health equity and distribution.

AHEC Scholars: Preparing Students for Success in a Changing World

Application Process

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NC AHEC Scholars application form QR code

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 phone interviews. The Scholars Program will begin in September and run through April of each academic year. A new cohort of students will be added each year.

Additional application and onboarding materials may be required. Applicants will be notified of the requirements.

Program Eligibility

The NC AHEC Scholars Program aims to meet multiple identified gaps in the North Carolina healthcare workforce. Please review the list of all accepted programs for participation in the Scholars program. To be eligible for the Scholars program, you must already be enrolled in one of these programs listed. Scholars must have reliable access to an internet connection and transportation and must be eligible to work in the US. Each scholar will commit to the program for a total of 2 years. 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 representing diverse backgrounds and institutions and a variety of healthcare professions, including dentistry, management science, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech therapy, and many others.

Application Requirements

In addition to the application form, applicants will need to submit the following:

  • Two general Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript

For questions about the Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program:

Please email PiedmontAHECScholars@conehealth.com.

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