HRSA/KY AHEC Scholars Program

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The AHEC Scholars Program is a national health resources & services administration (HRSA) program, aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce.

  • 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 Kentucky AHEC Scholars Program is a new 2-year advanced learning opportunity which prepares health profession students to be leaders in their fields. 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, recognition at graduation, and more! The AHEC Scholars Program consists of 40 hours of experiential and clinical training and 40 hours of didactic training each year. All content focuses on rural and underserved populations. The AHEC Scholars Program will supplement a student’s 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
  • Community Health Workers
  • Telehealth
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AHEC Scholars received Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

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AHEC Scholars 2023-2024

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, healthcare administration, speech pathology, physical therapy assistant, radiology technician, occupational therapy, etc.
  • Students must commit to completing the required 80 hours each year.
  • Students must commit to be in the program for 2 years.

Program Specifics

  • The program requires a two-year commitment and participation in a variety of in-person and online training, discussions, certifications, and experiences.
  • Each month (Sept. - April), students will participate in 5 hours of 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 training, workshops, and projects.
  • Program participants will interact with and learn alongside students from across Kentucky.

Mandatory In-Person Program - Year 1

  • AHEC Scholars Orientation
  • Poverty Simulation
  • AHEC Scholars Academy (intensive hands-on, experiential, inter-professional, team-based training)
  • Movie Club
  • Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid certifications
  • Interprofessional Case Study

How to Apply

Applicants must fill out a Google form application, submit a copy of students unofficial transcripts, and a letter of recommendation that is preferably academic.


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Anne Hess

Health Career Coordinator