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AHEC Scholars is a two-year program for current health professions students wishing to enhance their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

A small cohort of15-20 health professions students are selected each year and are given access to additional training in core topics such as Cultural Competency, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Health Integration, InterProfessional Education, Practice Transformation, Community Health Workers, Telehealth, and Emerging health topics. 

Accepted disciplines include: 

  • Medical students

  • Pharmacy students

  • Advanced nurse practitioner students

  • Physician Assistant students

  • Dental students

  • Clinical Psychology students


Students also receive $500 stipend PER YEAR for completing the program requirements as well as an Honor Cord to wear at graduation, certificate from the National AHEC Organization, and more. 

Applications are accepted year round, but cohorts start each fall.  Students must be enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion.

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Marissa Fillyaw
Bachelor of Health Science
Masters in Public Health 
AHEC Scholars Cohort 2

"AHEC Scholars helped me see areas I typically wouldn’t have within my undergrad program. They also prepared me to assist a multitude of populations. I can’t thank AHEC enough for the education they provided me, I still use it to this day."

If you are interested in learning more about the AHEC Scholars program, please contact Stephanie Taylor at
or call 816-634-3346

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Matthew Craig, PharmD 
AHEC Scholars Cohort 1

"I am currently working at Infinity Health in Leon, Iowa. It is an FQHC patient-centered medical home where we provide primary care, mental health including SUD services, vision, dental, and pharmacy all under the same roof. My position and practice setting are right in the AHEC Scholars wheelhouse. I'm thankful I did that program in pharmacy school."
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