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Rachel Lackland
Chicago AHEC Program Coordinator RLackland@hmprg.org

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AHEC Scholars

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Applications for the 2021-22 AHEC Scholars program are now open.

APPLY HERE by March 15th, 2021

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.