NC AHEC Scholars Program

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.


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 three institutions for the Scholars Program, Salem College (SC), Wake Forest University (WFU) and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). We coordinate to recruit seven 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 SC, WFU, or WSSU by August 31, 2022
  • Must have reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Program runs September 1, 20221 through August 31, 2023


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 SC, WFU, or WSSU by August 31, 2022

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

1.  Download 2022 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

5.  Application Deadline: May 15, 2022


Important Dates:

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2022
Orientation: September 17, 2022

2021-22 Northwest AHEC Scholars

Krya Akande, WSSU, Nursing
Girnar Anand, WFU, Bioethics
Kiara L. Batts, WSSU, Nursing
Giselle Bedolla-Solis, WSSU, Nursing
Alexa Bernicker, WFU, Health & Exercise Science
Aliyah N. Cabbs, WSSU, Nursing
Celine Cardenas, WFU, Biology
Natalia I. Casas, WFU, Psychology, Medical Spanish
Ashley Challenger. WSSU, Health & Exercise Science/PT
Amarachi Chukwunyere, WSSU, Nursing
Gabriela de la Vega, WFU, Spanish, Neuro Science
Tonia D. Edwards, WSSU, Psychology, Health Administration
Farrah Fields, WSSU Nursing
Cornelia S. Finch, WSSU, Nursing, Public Health
Kaliyah Fisher, WSSU, Nursing
Triniti Galloway, WSSU, Nursing
Hannah K. Getachew, WFU
Rebecca Getu, WFU, Psychology
Robbie L. Grace, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Biology
Leslie J. Granados, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Medical Spanish

Brianna Green, WSSU, Nursing
Leilani Herrera
, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Spanish, Neuroscience
Toni Johnson, WSSU, Nursing
Ketsia Kasongo, WSSU, Nursing
Daryna Lapomarede, WFU, Bio Chemistry
Terren Lewis, WSSU, Nursing
Emily Mabe, WFU, Counseling/Psychology
Samoya C. Majors, WSSU, Rehabilitation Studies
Kailah Major-Taylor, WSSU, Health Care Management, Business
Paris Marsh, WSSU, Nursing
Lakyn Mathis, WFU, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioethics
Ashton Melton, WSSU, Nursing
Estefania Narvaez, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Neuroscience
Oluwabunkola Ojo, WSSU, Nursing
Alexis Ratliff, WSSU, Nursing
Daisy Sarmiento, WFU, Health & Exercise Science
Joselyn Sixtos-Aguirre, WSSU, Nursing
Leah Thomas, WSSU, Health & Exercise Science
Tiffany Tzintzun, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Health Policy Admin
Ismael Valdez, WFU, Biology, Medical Spanish


Northwest AHEC Scholars Regional Advisory Board



Leslee Battle, EdD
Professor and Interim Dean
School of Health Sciences
Winston-Salem State University


Cynthia Sheppard Bell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor and Chair
Occupational Therapy
Winston-Salem State University


Sarah Langdon, MPH, MCHES
Project Manager II
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Wake Forest School of Medicine


Monica T. Brown, MPH
Health Center Manager
Downtown Health Plaza
Wake Forest Baptist Health
brenda Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD
Associate Professor Family and Community Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Health


Scott Rhodes, PhD
Department Chair, CTSI
Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Joey Joseph Skelton, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Brenner FIT
Wake Forest Baptist Health


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


Teresa Tyson
Interim Program Chair, Nursing
Chair, Physicians Assistant Studies
Winston-Salem State University


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



Kyana R. L. Young, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering
Wake Forest University 


Nathaniel “Nate” French, PhD
Director, Magnolia Scholars
Wake Forest University




Northwest AHEC Staff

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Program Coordinator, Health Careers and Workforce Diversity at Northwest AHEC
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Program Assistant at Northwest AHEC
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Michael Lischke, EdD, MPH
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education & Richard Janeway, MD, Distinguished Director, Northwest AHEC


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


Melanee Mills, MSEd
Program Coordinator, Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Northwest AHEC

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