The Nebraska Area Health Education Center (Nebraska AHEC) Scholars Program is a two-year program for health profession students who want to practice in rural and urban underserved areas. In the program, Scholars gain enhanced knowledge and community experience that prepare them to enter the workforce ready to meet the unique health care needs of those communities.
The Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program is for individuals committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in becoming leaders in the changing health care system. Each class of Nebraska AHEC Scholars represents students from a variety of health professions and academic institutions in every region in Nebraska.
The two-year program includes 40 hours of innovation online courses and in-person workshops and 40 hours of community-based experiential training each academic year. Nebraska AHEC Scholars train on the topics of interprofessional education, behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, cultural competency, and how to lead in the changing health care system. The training incorporates elements of leadership, communication, and critical thinking, so upon completion of the program, AHEC Scholars are able to translate their gained knowledge into health care practice.
AHEC Scholars may be eligible for a stipend annually.
AHEC Scholars of class of 2021 will begin in October 2019. The Fall Workshop will be held October 12, 2019 and is required for all AHEC Scholars to attend.
- Be enrolled or accepted in a health profession training program of at least 24 months in duration by Fall 2019
- Be committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in becoming leaders in navigating and leading in the changing health care system
- Have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA during the most recent academic year
- Have access to reliable Internet service
- Commit to the two-year program
- Complete 40 hours of approved online and in-person training each academic year
- Complete 40 hours of approved community-based experiential training per academic year (Note: Required clinical clerkships and/or rotations for your program of study may apply if completed in a rural and/or urban underserved area)
- Attend in-person events. Eligible travel expenses will be reimbursed.
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in program of study
To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria, agree to all program requirements, and submit a complete application. Applications are due by September 9, 2019 and space is limited.
Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in practicing health care in a rural or urban underserved area, have previous involvement in an AHEC-sponsored program, be from rural or disadvantaged background, or are first generation college students.
After submitting an application, applicants will be contacted to set up a brief in-person interview. Interviews will be held at the academic institution of the applicant during the weeks of September 16- 25, 2019. Acceptance into the Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program will occur no later than September 30, 2019.
For additional information or questions, please contact Lydia Sand, Program Coordinator, Nebraska AHEC Program.
Before you begin your application!
In order to complete your application, you will need to provide two essay responses and uploaded in one Word or PDF document. Please answer in a typed essay response the following questions:
- Describe why you want to participate in the Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program? What do you intend to learn and gain from this experience?
- Why are you interested in providing a health care in Nebraska's rural or underserved communities?
Your response is limited to a single 500-word maximum response per question. Consider completing the essay questions before beginning the Nebraska AHEC Scholars Application as you may not save and return to your work in this application. Additionally, you should be prepared to provide extracurricular activities and academic honors as well as listing an academic and personal references. Reminder, once you start this application you will NOT be able to save it.
Section 1: Contact Information
Section 2: Demographic Information:
Demographic information is used for federal reporting. It does not impact selection
Section 4: Interest Information
Section 5: Essay Questions
Answer each of the following short essay questions with a 500-word maximum response. Upload your responses in a single Word or PDF document.
- Describe why you want to participate in the NE AHEC Scholars Program? What do you intend to learn and gain from this experience?
- Why are you interested in providing health care in Nebraska's rural or underserved communities?
Section 6: References
Please include contact information for one academic reference and one personal reference. References will be contacted by the Nebraska AHEC Program Office.
Reference 1: Must be a reference within your enrolled or accepted program of study.
Section 7: Expectations, Agreement, & Release of the NE AHEC Scholars Program
By submitting this application, you acknowledge the following requirements for enrollment in the NE AHEC Scholars Program:
- A two-year commitment to program completion
- Maintain enrollment in at least a 18-24-month health profession degree or certification program and meet all the other designated eligibility criteria
- Complete 40 hours of didactic education and 40 hours of community-based experiential training each academic year. (Note: Required clinical clerkships and/or rotations for your degree/certification may apply if completed in a rural and/or underserved area)
I understand that by completing this application I am applying to participate in the Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program and agree to the above-stated requirements. I agree to provide employment information one year post-graduation and will provide current contact information to the Nebraska AHEC Program Office whenever a change occurs. I understand that through my participation in the program I will be required to provide information necessary for federal reporting.
I am authorizing the provided academic reference(s) to disclose my acceptance or enrollment in their institution and verify my academic standing. The information to be released under this consent is for a recommendation regarding my acceptance into the Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program.
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