AHEC Scholars Program: Join the Class of 2021!

Calling health professions students who want to set themselves apart:

Apply to become an AHEC Scholar!


AHEC Scholars at The University of Akron will:

  • Become a part of an interprofessional team.
  • Build relationships with other UA AHEC Scholars as well as AHEC Scholars from across NE Ohio.
  • Get specialized training (40 hours/year), community experiences (40 hours/year), and supports.
  • Get more in-depth information on topics like social determinants of health, health disparities, integrated care, and community issues like infant mortality and the opioid epidemic.
  • Work together to make a difference in the health of your community by developing and leading health and wellness programming for underserved populations in the Greater Akron community.


  • Receive a stipend of $1,000 per year for completing the required training and experiential hours.
  • Earn an AHEC Scholars certificate and identify yourself as an AHEC Scholar on your resume.
  • Build relationships with other UA AHEC Scholars and AHEC Scholars from across NE Ohio.
  • Receive mentoring and support from ARI-AHEC, UA, NEOMED and health professionals

*First consideration is given to students from groups underrepresented in health care professions.

To learn more about AHEC Scholars at UA, contact:

Greta A. Lax, Center Director
Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center (ARI-AHEC)
College of Health Professions
The University of Akron
(330) 972-6957

AHEC Scholar Testimonials

Michelle Michael, Class of 2020

"I encourage students to apply to the AHEC Scholars program because it offers irreplaceable opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and hands on experience that you won't find anywhere else on this campus or in the community at an undergraduate level. The didactic learning sessions build on each major's academic courses, expanding our health science knowledge base. Planning and leading Wellness Wednesdays allows us to gain experience working with community members and teaches us how to field tough questions. Collaborating with students and professionals from other areas of study allows us to gain insight into how expansive the field of health science is and how important our cooperation is for patient care. All in all, the AHEC Scholars program is a priceless feature at The University of Akron that gives students fun opportunities to practice being a professional while still in school, making us more marketable than other classmates upon entering the workforce." 

Nick Gotsiridze, Class of 2020

"I joined the AHEC scholars program during my junior year as a pre-medical student. During that time, the program has truly strengthened my interpersonal abilities. Healthcare is defined by its service-orientation, and in most cases, classroom study is not enough. The AHEC scholars program helped me to fill in this gap by communicating with the geriatric community and discussing their health concerns. Working in a group of diverse pre-health majors, we addressed these concerns by developing interactive Q-and-As, presented science literature in a way that's understandable to the seniors, and made healthy foods in front of them. This type of devotion immersed me in the daily obligations of a health provider, and made me understand what it means to be service oriented"



What days/times will I be required to participate each semester?

Most workshops are 2-3 hours on Fridays, twice a month. The actual times will vary depending on Scholar schedules for the semester, since some Scholars have labs Friday mornings and we try to accommodate your schedules as much as possible. 

For community based programming, Scholars will join one of two groups and participate either Wednesday or Thursday evenings twice a month. 

In addition, all Northeast Ohio AHEC Scholars gather together about two Saturdays per semester at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) for regional activities.

Some additional activities may be required (speakers, special events).

What is the AHEC Scholars Program?

AHEC Scholars is a program 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 to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities.

AHEC Scholars programs are implemented by Area Health Education Centers across the country.  While each Scholars site (like AHEC Scholars at UA) may be a little bit different, there are federal objectives that each program must adhere to and six core topics the programs address:  Interprofessional Education, Behavioral Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health, Practice Transformation, and Current and Emerging Health Issues (such as infant mortality or the opioid epidemic).  Learn more about the National AHEC Scholars Program here:  https://www.nationalahec.org/index.php/scholars-home

Applications closed. 

Check back in March 2020!

Who can apply?
Students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees and careers in the health professions, and who:

  • Have been accepted into their respective programs’ majors;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.50; and
  • Expect to graduate May 2021.

Regional Program Information

Online Application


Each AHEC Scholar’s Program application should include:

  • Completed online application
  • Statement of 250 words or less, on how you will meet this challenge of an additional 80 hours of programming (September – May) above your normal class load. Please include strategies that you will use to ensure your success.
  • Personal statement, not to exceed 250 words, that addresses your goals for participation in the program and any unique qualities that you can bring to the Scholar’s Program.
  • Explanation, not to exceed 500 words, of any previous experiences for interprofessional collaboration, service learning, health promotion or any other health education activities. Also include your thoughts to the commitment or experience with underserved individuals and/or communities.
  • Current college transcripts
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, faculty member or advisor.