NC AHEC Scholars Program

NC AHEC Scholars Program

Our Piedmont AHEC Scholars

Scholars Cohort 3

Not pictured: Desiree Moore, Shayla Richardson


Scholars Cohort 4

Not pictured: Jaden Payne, Makayla Oby, Tamara Williams


Hear from Our Piedmont AHEC Scholars

Please note: Scholars featured here might refer to our organization as “Greensboro AHEC.” The organization’s name changed to Piedmont AHEC on February 1, 2023.

Prosper Amponsah, MD, UNC School of Medicine, Cohort 2 graduate, Cone Health Internal Medicine Residency Match

Aaditi Kulkarni, Cohort 3, Grimsley High School, ECU student


Learn More About the NC AHEC Scholars Program

2023–2025 Scholars Program

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Piedmont AHEC is now accepting applications for Cohort 6 of the NC AHEC Scholars Program. There are a limited number of slots. Scholars who meet eligibility requirements and apply by July 31, 2023, will have priority application status. All scholars will be notified of their acceptance by August 8, 2023. If you apply after July 31 and slots are unavailable you will be added to the priority list to be considered for Cohort 7.

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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 a network of interprofessionals who are dedicated to improving health care?

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

If so, then the Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program is for you. Scholars will develop new skills and are introduced to an interprofessional framework that will be 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 student achieves academically, socially, and emotionally.

“WIIFM?” – What’s in it for me?

The two-year Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program will meet virtually approximately six times a year, totaling 80 hours of didactic teaching. Eighty hours of clinical work will need to be scheduled on a rolling basis as your academic schedule permits. Applicants selected to participate in the program will receive a stipend subject to academic or institutional approval. Upon completion of 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 a number of professional skills including but not limited to:

  • You will grow your capacity for problem-solving, decision-making, resourcefulness, teamwork, self-discipline, and commitment.
  • Your certification as an AHEC Community Health Scholar will announce to the world that 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 useful throughout your career in healthcare.

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

  • You will be helping to create a high-achieving multicultural community for learning.
  • You will be able to go on and 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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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 health care workforce. Please review the list of all accepted programs to participate in the Scholars program. In order 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, 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 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

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

  • Two general Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript

Letters of Recommendation should be emailed directly from the reference. Please send all application documents to

For questions about the Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program:

Please email Gabrielle Steele at or Patricia Parrish at

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