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AHEC Scholars

For more information about this program please contact:

Sheronda Kimbrough
Director, Workforce Programs skimbrough@hmprg.org

Sara Wright-Pupo
Chicago AHEC Program Coordinator swrightpupo@hmprg.org

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AHEC Scholars

  • Overview


In the AHEC Scholars program, you can enhance your education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in areas with a shortage of health professionals. This is your opportunity as a health professions student to refine your career choices and learn how health professionals from different disciplines can work together.

The AHEC Scholars program includes:

  • Virtual Job shadowing opportunities
  • Career coaching
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • One summer institute per year
  • Immersion experiences in underserved communities
  • Participation in a community service-learning project

Virtual options are available for all program components.


  • Applicants must be third or fourth year undergraduates or graduate students enrolled in a health career program. AHEC Scholars is also open to associate degree students in selected health career programs.
  • Applicants must be available to begin this program at the start of April 2021.
  • Applicants must be able to make a two-year commitment.
  • Applicants must have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.
  • All Chicago area students who meet the requirements will be considered.

Each year of the AHEC Scholars program includes 40 hours of community-based, experiential, or clinical training in an underserved area (virtual opportunities are available) and 40 hours of didactic education focused on:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • An emerging issue important to the local area

AHEC Scholars who successfully complete the required activities will receive a $250 award in each year ($500 maximum), and a certificate of completion at the end of the second year.