The NC AHEC Scholars Program

The NC AHEC Scholars Program was developed to recruit, train, support, and inspire a diverse group of students from various healthcare disciplines committed to both community service and the transformation of health care.

Selected students will commit to a two-year educational program, which includes 40 hours of didactic and clinical learning each year. Each student may receive a stipend of $400 per year ($800 total), subject to academic or institutional approval. The program will begin in September and run through May, beginning in 2018-19. 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. Serving as an AHEC Scholar will also give students a chance to interact with healthcare 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 and we aim 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



For information on the NC AHEC Scholars Program contact Dr. Debby Futrell, President and CEO – Area L AHEC or  Ms. Paige Fuqua, NC AHEC Scholars Program Coordinator – Area L and Eastern AHECs.


Click here, fill out the form, save it to your computer, then email it to Dr. Futrell ( or Ms. Fuqua ( by April 20, 2018.

Click here for copies of the Recommendation Form.  Send the form to the individual who has agreed to recommend you and ask them to email the completed recommendation form to by April 20, 2018. They should type “AHEC Scholar Recommendation” and the your name in the “Subject” line of their email.

Your certification as an NC AHEC Scholar will announce to the world that you have the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to make a difference in health care in North Carolina.