Health Careers Workforce Diversity Program

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The goal of SEAHEC’s Health Careers Workforce Diversity (HCWD) program is to increase the applicant pool of underrepresented populations in health careers. Through community partnerships in the SEAHEC multi-county region, the HCWD program provides students and educators with resources to improve the quality of education and generate student interest in health careers. As a part of the Student Services Department, HCWD collaborates with high school students to offer a variety of workshops, summer programs and special events. Through these programs, participants may visit health care facilities, gain volunteer experience, visit college campuses and health science programs and learn about health career professions and job requirements. 

NC AHEC Scholars Program 

The NC 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 North Carolina. We seek individuals who are committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in improving their own skills and in working with other professionals in team-based care.


NC AHEC’s mission is to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs and to provide education programs and services that bridge academic institutions and communities to improve the health of the people of North Carolina, with a focus on underserved populations. The vision is to lead the transformation of health care education and services in North Carolina.

The NC AHEC Scholars Experience

Co-created and co-taught by faculty across the state, with both statewide and regional components, the two-year NC AHEC Scholars Program includes 40 hours of didactics and 40 hours of clinical work each year. Scholars develop new skills and are introduced to an interprofessional framework that will be crucial to improving health and health care.

Program Overview

Interested applicants for the NC AHEC Scholars Program must complete the online application. The online application will be available soon.

Once the online application form is completed and submitted, qualified and eligible applicants will move into the review phase of the application process. An Application Review Committee will review the applications and select finalists for in-person and/or phone interviews. A new cohort of students will be selected once the interview process is complete.

The two-year NC AHEC Scholars Program includes 40 hours of didactics and 40 hours of clinical work each year. The program will begin in September and run through May each year. Selected applicants receive $1,000 stipend ($500 per year). Upon completion of the program, NC AHEC Scholars receive AHEC Community Health Scholar certification.

Program Eligibility
Health care professions students enrolled full-time in a community college or four-year university may apply to the NC AHEC Scholars Program. Applications from health professions students from disadvantaged and/or rural backgrounds, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college will be heavily weighted. Each of the nine NC AHEC regions will select a group of scholars that represent diverse backgrounds and institutions and a variety of health care professions, including dentistry, management science, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, speech therapy, and many others.

Application Requirements
Interested applicants must fill out and submit the online application form. In the online application, you will be asked to provide a 500-word essay describing why you would like to participate in the NC AHEC Scholars Program and two letters of reference from teachers/faculty, community leaders, mentors.

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Or contact Cyndi Meredith, SEAHEC Health Careers and Workforce Diversity at (910) 667-9314 or