The NC AHEC Scholars Program at MAHEC

The NC AHEC Scholars Program aims to improve the diversity and distribution of all health professions and to support health systems transformation in WNC.

Applications for 2021 will be accepted beginning Monday, February 22. Application deadline is Friday, June 11, 2021 at 5pm. Download application here.

Our AHEC Scholars Program is designed for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula that include a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential and clinical training is conducted in rural and underserved urban settings. AHEC Scholars represent a variety of health professions and institutions from across WNC.

Program duration is two years and runs from August through May. Each year includes the following:

  • 40 hours of community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved areas
  • 40 hours of didactic education focused on six core topic areas

Read more about the core topic areas.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the NC AHEC Scholars Program at MAHEC, students should

  • have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare 
  • be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program
  • be two years from program or degree completion

Eligible health professions programs include but are not limited to medical, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs. Priority is given to students from underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged/rural backgrounds, and first-generation college students.

NOTE: Due to changes implemented as a result of COVID-19, we are currently prioritizing clinical shadowing experiences for students from affiliated schools and programs based on need and availability.


Jacquelyn Hallum, MBA, MHA
Director, Health Careers and Diversity Education