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HRSA/AHEC Scholars

Do you want to be a leader in providing care to rural and underserved Kentucky populations? Are you ready to set yourself apart from your peers? Do you want to work alongside students and professionals from across the state to understand Kentucky's greatest healthcare challenges? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then apply for the AHEC Scholars program! 

The HRSA KY AHEC Scholars program is a national Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) program, aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce.

The HRSA Kentucky AHEC Scholars Program is a 2-year advanced learning opportunity which prepares health profession students to be leaders in their field. Throughout the program, students will collaborate across health disciplines and geographic regions as they prepare to practice in the ever evolving healthcare field.

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Participation in the program is free and will confer a variety of benefits including: certifications, professional experience, recognition at graduation, and more! The AHEC Scholars Program is comprised of community and clinical training and didactic training. All content focuses on rural and underserved populations.  The Scholars Program will supplement a students' existing health professions program.  Participation in this program is voluntary.  AHEC Scholars will gain exposure to the following core topic areas:

•Inter-professional Education
•Behavioral Health Integration
•Social Determinants of Health
•Cultural Competency
•Practice Transformation
•Current and emerging health issues

To enhance the development of future healthcare professionals. 

  • Students must be entering their final two years of a health profession program. Examples of health profession programs include: physician, nursing, social work, public health (undergraduate and graduate), healthcare administration, dental hygiene, HIM, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, etc.
  • Students must commit to completing the required trainings. 
  • Students must commit to be in the program for 2 years. 
  • The program requires a two-year commitment and participation in a variety of online trainings, discussions, certifications, and experiences. 
  • Students will participate in online lectures, discussions, and readings. 
  • In addition to the online content, students will be required to complete community and clinical trainings, workshops, and projects. It total, students must complete 40 hours each year. More info about the experiential training can be found below.
  • Program participants will interact with and learn alongside students from across Kentucky. 
Students in the program complete a series of online modules. The online content modules are completed at the student's own pace. There are two due dates in the program. The first half of the material is due December 31, 2023. The second half of the material is due May 31, 2024.
In addition to the online modules, students complete 40 hours of experiential training. A breakdown of these activities can be found here.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-2024 AHEC Scholars program. As part of the application, applicants must compose an essay addressing the following topics in fewer than 500 words: 
    * Your goals for participation in the AHEC Scholars program.
    * Your previous experience or participation in: an inter-professional clinical setting, service learning projects, health promotion/health education activities, etc.
    * Unique qualities that you will bring to the AHEC Scholars program.
    * Involvement with underserved individuals/communities.
  • Applicants must also submit an unofficial transcript to emily.pride@wku.edu.
  • Application deadline: The admissions process is rolling. Get your applications in early. 
  • Interviews: If deemed necessary, applicants who meet the program requirements will be invited to interview for the program. 

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If you have questions regarding the AHEC Scholars program please contact Emily Anne Pride Sutton or Catherine Malin at 270-745-3325. 


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 Last Modified 5/25/23