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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 Schols program! 

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


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The HRSA Kentucky AHEC Scholars Program is a new 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. 

Participation in the program is free and will confer a variety of benefits including: certifications, professional experience, recongition 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
Program Mission: 
To enhance the development of future healthcare professionals. 
Program Eligibility: 
  • Students must be entering their final two years of a health profession program. Examples of health profession programs include: 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. 


Program Specifics: 

  • The program requires a two-year committment and participation in a variety of in-person and online trainings, discussions, certifications, and experiences. 
  • Each month (Sept. - April), students will participate in online lectures, discussions, and readings with students from across the state. 
  • In addition to monthly online content, students will be required to complete community and clinical trainings, workshops, and projects. 
  • Program participants will interact with and learn alongside students from across Kentucky. 


Mandatory Program Dates - 2019-2020**: 

  • Early September (excat date TBD): AHEC Scholars Orientation and team building
  • January 21-24: AHEC Scholars Academy -- intensive hands-on, experiental, interprofessional, team-based training; held in Bowling Green, KY.
  • April (exact date TBA): AHEC Closing

** Exceptions are made and alternative arrangements created for distant learning students. 


Mandatory Program Dates - Spring 2020**: 

  • Early February (excat date TBD): AHEC Scholars online orientation


How to Apply:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the winter 2020-2022 AHEC Scholars program. As part of the application, applicants must compose an essay addressing the following topics in less 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 under served individuals/communities.
  • Applicants must also submit an unofficial transcript to catherine.malin@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. 



If you have questions regarding the AHEC Scholars program please contact Catherine Malin at 270-745-3325. 


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 Last Modified 1/23/20