NC AHEC Scholars Program
at NWAHEC

Jump Start Your Health Career

The NC AHEC Scholars Program at Northwest AHEC 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.

With an emphasis on individuals from underrepresented minority populations and/or from disadvantaged/rural backgrounds, as well as first-generation college students, the NC AHEC Scholars Program at Northwest AHEC aims to improve the diversity and distribution of all health professions and to support health systems transformation across the state. Each class of NC AHEC Scholars represents a variety of health professions and institutions from every region of North Carolina.

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As an NC AHEC Scholar, you’ll:

  • Supplement and enrich your education
  • Receive a $1000/year stipend
  • Participate in 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical work each year
  • Have the opportunity to network with fellow students and health care professionals
  • Gain access to unique experiences to help you thrive in health care
  • Receive an NC AHEC Scholars Certificate, which sets you apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment

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The Northwest AHEC Scholars Program

Northwest AHEC partners with two institutions for the Scholars Program, Wake Forest University (WFU) and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). We coordinate to recruit ten students per year from each campus that are focused on a career in health.

 

Prospective Scholars

Program Eligibility

NC AHEC Scholars at Northwest AHEC:

  • Must be enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program at WFU or WSSU by August 31, 2021
  • Must have reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Program runs September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022

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Scholar Responsibilities

Each NC AHEC Scholar:

  • Must be committed to the program for a total of two years
  • Complete 40 hours of didactic training each year of the program
  • Complete 40 hours of experiential training each year of the program

How To Apply

Must be currently enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program at WFU or WSSU by August 31, 2021

Click Here for a List of Accepted Programs for the NC AHEC Scholars Program

1.  Download 2021 AHEC Scholars Application

2.  Save it to your computer to complete

3.  A completed application will include the following materials:
  • AHEC Scholars Application
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation - Attach to application
  • Copy of Official Transcript (Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will accept an unofficial transcript at this time. However, an official transcript could be requested prior to acceptance)
  • Resume
  • Additional information may be required upon selection such as: Background Check and Immunization Records Upon Selection (Mandatory for clinical learning)

4.  Email Completed Application to mgmills@wakehealth.edu

5.  Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

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Important Dates:

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2021
Orientation: September 18, 2021

2020-21 Northwest AHEC Scholars

Ariana Baker, WSSU, Biology
Kira L. Batts, WSSU, Nursing
Alexis Blout, WSSU, Biology
Aliyah N. Cabbs, WSSU, Nursing
Keshawna Caldwell-Hines, WSSU, Therapeutic Recreation
Chyna Cardinez, WSSU, Biology, Chemistry
Natalia I. Casas, WFU, Psychology, Medical Spanish
Stevenson Carisier, WFU, Health & Exercise Science
Tamiya Davis, WSSU, Nursing
Alexis Daye, WSSU, Nursing
Gabriela de la Vega, WFU, Spanish, Neuro Science
Tonia D. Edwards, WSSU, Psychology, Health Administration
Cornelia S. Finch, WSSU, Nursing
Kaliyah Fisher, WSSU, Nursing
Hannah K. Getachew, WFU
Daniela Gonzalez, WFU, Biology
Robbie L. Grace, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Biology
Leslie J. Granados, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Medical Spanish

Brianna Green, WSSU, Nursing
Alexis John, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Biology
Akaya Lewis, WFU, Sociology Health & Wellbeing, Bioethics
Morgan Lyke, WFU, Health & Exercise Science
Samoya C. Majors, WSSU, Therapeutic Recreation
Kailah Major-Taylor, WSSU, Health Care Management, Business
Paris Marsh, WSSU, Nursing
Lakyn Mathis, WFU, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioethics
Sydnei Mooring, WFU, Health & Exercise Science
Estefania Narvaez, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Neuroscience
Oluwabunkola “Nike” Ojo, WSSU, Nursing
Kierah Risdon-Langdon, WSSU, Chemistry
Ra'isah Sheppard, WSSU, Therapeutic Recreation
Joselyn Sixtos-Aguirre, WSSU, Nursing
Leah Thomas, WSSU, Health & Exercise Science
Adwoa Tweneboa Koduah, WFU, Medical Chemistry
Tiffany Tzintzun, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Health Policy Admin
Ismael Valdez, WFU, Biology

 

Northwest AHEC Scholars Regional Advisory Board

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Leslee Battle, EdD
Professor and Interim Dean
School of Health Sciences
Winston-Salem State University
336-750-2263
shepardl@wssu.edu 
Carole Carole Gibson, PhD
Health Professions Advisor
Professor of Biology
Wake Forest University
336-758-5318
gibsoncl@wfu.edu 
cynthia

 

Cynthia Sheppard Bell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor and Chair
Occupational Therapy
Winston-Salem State University
336-750-3175
bellcs@wssu.edu 

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Sarah Langdon, MPH, MCHES
Project Manager II
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Wake Forest School of Medicine
336-713-7613
slangdon@wakehealth.edu 
Monica

 

Monica T. Brown, MPH
Health Center Manager
Downtown Health Plaza
Wake Forest Baptist Health
336-713-9621
mtbrown@wakehealth.edu 
brenda Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD
Associate Professor Family and Community Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Health
336-713-9332
blsadler@wakehealth.edu 
Tammy

 

Tammy J. Burke
Student Program Specialist
Wake Forest Scholars Office
Wake Forest University
336-758-7749
burketj@wfu.edu

Scott

Scott Rhodes, PhD
Department Chair, CTSI
Wake Forest School of Medicine
336-713-5080
srhodes@wakehealth.edu 

Gail

 

Gail Curtis
Chair, Physicians Assistant Studies
Wake Forest School of Medicine
336-716-2027
gcurtis@wakehealth.edu 

Joey Joseph Skelton, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Brenner FIT
Wake Forest Baptist Health
336-716-9354
jskelton@wakehealth.edu 
Richard

 

Richard W. Flowers, DNP, CRNA, CHSE
Assistant Professor, Academic Nursing
Wake Forest Baptist Health
rflowers@wakehealth.edu 

Teresa

Teresa Tyson
Interim Program Chair, Nursing
Chair, Physicians Assistant Studies
Winston-Salem State University
336-750-2273
tysonta@wssu.edu 
Judy

 

Judy Foxworth, PT, PhD
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Interim Chair, Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Director, Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory
Winston Salem State University
336-750-2197
foxworthj@wssu.edu 

Kyana

 

Kyana R. L. Young, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering
Wake Forest University
youngk@wfu.edu 
Nate

 

Nathaniel “Nate” French, PhD
Director, Magnolia Scholars
Wake Forest University
336-758-3107
frenchtn@wfu.edu 

 

 

 

Northwest AHEC Staff

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Program Coordinator, Health Careers and Workforce Diversity at Northwest AHEC
336-713-7714
mgmills@wakehealth.edu 
Pawlik, Gail 0614_print-1 Gail Pawlik, BA
Program Assistant at Northwest AHEC
336-713-7761
gpawlik@wakehealth.edu 
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Michael Lischke, EdD, MPH
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education & Richard Janeway, MD, Distinguished Director, Northwest AHEC
mlischke@wakehealth.edu

 

NC AHEC Scholars Program

If you do not meet the requirements for the Northwest AHEC program please check out the NC AHEC Scholars page to view programs in regions across the state. 

Institutional Partners

Contact

Melanee Mills, MSEd
Program Coordinator, Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Northwest AHEC
mgmills@wakehealth.edu

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