NC AHEC Scholars Program

The NC AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care in North Carolina. We seek individuals who are 1) committed to improving health and health care, 2) devoted to community service, and 3) interested in improving their own skills and in working with other professionals in team-based care.

Selected students will commit to a two-year educational program, which includes 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical learning each year. Each student may receive a stipend of $400 per year ($800 total), subject to academic or institutional approval. The program began in September of 2018. The 2019-2020 year will begin in September and run through May. Students are expected to commit to the entire two-year program.

Students will receive the distinction as an AHEC Scholar, which sets them apart from others in the competitive environment of health care. The experience as an AHEC Scholar will also give students a chance to interact with health care professionals and create an invaluable network for their future careers.

Area L AHEC has partnered with Eastern AHEC to identify health professions students from both service areas, which include 28 counties in the eastern portion of North Carolina. We recognize that the healthcare needs of individuals living in eastern North Carolina are unique to other parts of the state and our aim is to address those specific needs to improve health and increase quality of life.

Our emphasis will be on recruiting students from underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged/rural backgrounds, and first-generation college families with the primary goal of improving diversity and distribution of all health professions in eastern North Carolina. Students must be enrolled, full-time, in a health professions degree program including, but not limited to:

  • Dental hygiene
    • Dentistry
    • Health Systems Management
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Public Health
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Social Work


NC AHEC Scholars must:

  • be enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program in North Carolina by August 31, 2019;
  • have reliable access to Wi-Fi;
  • have reliable transportation; and
  • be eligible to work inside the United States.



Each NC AHEC Scholar must:

  • be committed to the program for a total of two years;
  • complete 40 hours of didactic training each year of the program; and
  • complete 40 hours of experiential training each year of the program.

To apply:

Complete this form, save it to your computer, and return it by April 30, 2019, to Michaela Karriker at

You will also need two letters of recommendation.  Please email the recommendation form to two (2) recommenders (Recommendation Form), such as teachers/faculty, community leaders, mentors, coaches, etc. and ask that they submit the letter of recommendation directly to Ms. Karriker at by April 30, 2019.

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 health care.