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Rural Health Scholars Program (RHS)



South Central AHEC offers a 4 week program each summer in June for WKU students in any of the pre-professional tracks (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.).The program immerses pre-professional students (Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, etc.) in rural Kentucky medicine by utilizing unique experiences to broaden their understanding of the limitations, advantages, and community resources available to educate, prevent and treat a rural patient population. 


This program is limited to 5 students who will be selected based on an application and personal statement. Preference will be given to students from rural and medically underserved counties. Personal transportation is required for all participants. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in this program. 


The program meets Monday- Fridays. Students have weekends off and most evenings. There is no typical day during RHS. Some days will be early mornings, some days will be late afternoons. 

Requirements for Participation:

  • Preference given to students from rural and medical underserved regions of Kentucky. 
  • Reliable transportation - this program includes many different site visits in Bowling Green and Glasgow
  • Email an unofficial copy of your transcripts from TopNet and personal statement to
  • Pass a criminal background check paid for by AHEC
  • Must be available to participate the entire month of June
  • Must be willing to participate in the $100 Solution™**

** The $100 Solution™ utilizes course learning objectives combined with the five principles of service-learning to answer a central question for students: with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance quality of life for others? It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than self-determining needs of others, and it demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, or rather, by even thinking beyond monetary solutions to make a difference in their community.


Examples of Program Activities: 

  • Volunteer at Camp TJ and the Center for Courageous Kids
  • Tour the three Kentucky medical schools
  • Visit
    • BRASS
    • Rivendell
    • Hospice of Southern Kentucky
    • Funeral Home 
    • Hanger Prostethics 
    • Mennonite Clinic
    • Logan Aluminum 
  • Shadow at Graves Gilbert Clinic
  • Become CPR certified
  • Conduct an oral history of a prominent member of the local medical community.
  • Presentations on rural hospitals, medical ethics, medicare and medicaid, iridology, chiropractic care, massage therapy, podiatry,  and more


To Apply:

  • Check back early spring for the application. 

  • Email your personal statement (750 words max) in a Word document to that discusses your interest in your respective field, why you want to participate in this program. and what experience you have in the health field.  

  • Email your unofficial transcript to



  • Is housing provided?
    • No, housing is not provided. Students must provide their own housing. 
  • What is a typical day during RHS?
    • There is no typical day, but most activities take place from 8-5pm. 
  • What is the dress code? 
    • You are asked to dress business casual. You will be given polo shirts to wear during specific activities. 
  • Is this a shadowing program?
    • No. You will be exposed to a variety of health professionals, but you will not be doing extensive shadowing. 
  • I have a wedding/vacation/family event and can't make some of the days, can I still apply?
    • Students are required to attend all days. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. 


View photos from past RHS programs

Listen to the 2016 RHS's interview Dr. Carroll Brooks for StoryCorps. 






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 Last Modified 10/31/17