AHEC Scholars

Virginia AHEC Scholars

About the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program

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The Virginia AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care in Virginia.

Selected applicants participate in a two-year educational program and may be eligible to receive a stipend. Each AHEC Scholar will receive a Virginia AHEC Scholars Certificate, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment. Selected scholars will also have the chance to meet leaders in health care and make connections with other participants, creating an invaluable network for their future careers in health care.


The Experience

Co-created and co-facilitated by experts across the state, the two-year Virginia AHEC Scholars Program includes 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical activities each year. Scholars develop new skills and are introduced to an interprofessional framework that will be crucial to improving health and health care.

The program began in 2018 and new participants are selected each year. Curricular components of the Scholars Program may include interprofessional education, behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, cultural competency, practice transformation, current and emerging issues including substance use disorders, and regional topics.

Eligibility Criteria

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved health care and be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion. This includes but is not limited to students in medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs.


You will also need one academic or professional letter of recommendation and a copy of your unofficial transcript. Please email the recommendation form to recommenders, such as teachers/faculty, community leaders, mentors, coaches, etc. and ask that they submit the letter of recommendation via email to Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority/Virginia AHEC at info@vhwda.org. Also, please attach an electronic copy of your unofficial transcript when completing the application using the link above.

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If you are interested in learning how you can support the AHEC Scholars Program, fill out the form below to be contacted!

Please contact  info@vhwda.org for more information.

Find Local Support

Blue Ridge Region AHEC – Shenandoah Valley

Capital Region AHEC – Richmond Metro and surrounding areas

Eastern Virginia Region AHEC – Southeast Virginia and Peninsula

Northern Virginia Region AHEC – Northern Virginia

Rappahannock Region AHEC – Northern Neck, Fredericksburg, and Middle Peninsula

South Central Region AHEC – Lynchburg, Danville, and surrounding area

Southside Region AHEC – South of Richmond

Southwest Virginia Region AHEC – Roanoke Valley and West