Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health


AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curriculum to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic and community-based activities.


Program duration is two years and each year includes the following:

Online Didactic Learning:

All AHEC Scholars participate in an online curriculum focused on improving health and health equity, addressing six core topic areas:

Interprofessional Education
Behavioral Health Integration
Social Determinants of Health
Cultural Competency
Practice Transformation
Current and Emerging Health Issues

Experiential Learning:

Students will participate in clinical/community learning experiences, led by one of the seven AHEC Centers (of about 15-20 students) throughout Wisconsin, where you will get to interact with the local community and learn to transform your healthcare practices to suit the needs of rural and underserved communities.

Students participate in these experiences in their school’s region, but may also have the opportunity to participate with other Center programs. A list of potential learning experiences will be available on our calendar.

Students that meet all program requirements during their two-year commitment will receive stipends totaling $1500.

The AHEC Scholars program will grant AHEC Scholar participants a certificate when you graduate from your healthcare career program.


  • What are the eligibility criteria? All AHEC Scholars must be currently enrolled in a Health Professions Program of at least 18-24 months in duration by Fall 2021 (e.g., occupational therapy assistant, paramedic, doctor, pharmacist, nurse).
  • What are the benefits of becoming an AHEC Scholar?  An AHEC Scholar will have access to health care professionals, build professional relationships with faculty members at your school, explore career opportunities, and obtain a certificate of completion to include with your resume.
  • How much does it cost?  There is no tuition for the AHEC Scholars Program.  For AHEC scholars participants the majority of the AHEC program community-based training activities the fees will be waved. 
  • What if I have already started my degreed program, can I still apply? If you have already started into your degree'd program and are interested in being part of AHEC Scholars, please contact your Regional AHEC center to discuss options of admittance (there can be exceptions to the eligibility requirements).
  • How do I choose a Region?  You will choose an AHEC region based on where you live, go to school or where you would plan to work when completed with your professional degree.
  • Will I work with and within a team? Yes! You will join a cohort of interprofessional students living, working or going to school in your region.
  • When and how do I complete the online curriculum?  You can complete the online curriculum any time during the year, during your free time, from your home or office.  There is no tuition for the AHEC Scholars Program didactic curriculum. You will be asked to create a UW account to access the online platform, these directions will be given to you once you are accepted into the Scholars program. 
  • Where do I meet for Community- based Training or Learning Activities?   The in-person learning activities will happen through-out Wisconsin’s rural and underserved urban areas, either in your school’s region, or in another region in the state.  You will have the opportunity to choose some of these training and learning events.
  • Do I need any prior experience?  No! Health innovation relies on interdisciplinary collaboration, so students from all health profession disciplines are welcome. Skills from your peers can help your work stand out from the crowd.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Contact Northwest Wisconsin AHEC Director, Brad Gingras at