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, 2024
  • Must have reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Program runs September 2024 through April 2025


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, 2024. Click Here for a List of Accepted Programs for the NC AHEC Scholars Program.

2024 AHEC Scholars Application - Click Here

A completed application will include the following materials:
  • AHEC Scholars Application
  • Essay 300-500 Words (Choose 1 of 3 options)
  • 2 References for Letter of Recommendation
  • Copy of Official Transcript
  • Resume
  • Additional information may be required upon selection such as: Background Check and Immunization Records Upon Selection (Mandatory for clinical learning)

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024 to be notified by July 31, 2024.


Important Dates:

Application Deadline: Rolling until slots are filled
Notification of Acceptance: July 31, 2024
Orientation: September 16, 2024

2023-2024 Northwest AHEC Scholars

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Rama Alsakhita, Salem, Health Science
Meghan Anthony, WSSU, Nursing, Public Health
A’nya Buckner, WSSU, Biology, Chemistry
Sharidan Costner, WSSU, Exercise Science
Minh Thu Do, WFU, Chemistry, Health
Ivy Greene, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Neuroscience, Chemistry
Payton James, WSSU, Biology, Public Health
Lessie Kakra, WSSU, Biology, Psychology
Robert Moore, WSSU, Healthcare Management
Jadyn Myrick, WSSU, Sports Medicine
Natalie Smith, WSSU, Therapeutic Recreation, Religious Studies 
Makayla Terry, Salem, Anesthesia Tech
Varkshini Uma Maheswaran, Salem, Health Sciences, Mathematics

Cohort 6
Salma Akarramou, WFU, Health & Exercise Science    
Monet Collier, WSSU, Nursing    
Ariyona Core, WSSU, Psychology, Rehabilitation Studies, Biology 
Dystini Enzlow, WSSU, Nursing    
Tiera Felder, WSSU, Psychology, Sociology
John Grubbs, WFU, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Russian
Safa Jan, WFU, Biochemistry, Politics, Middle East Studies
Sabrina Jean-Charles, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Biology/Chemistry/EMT
Savoy Lackey, WFU, Psychology, Chemistry/Chinese
Katherine Liontis, WFU, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
Lydia Merrills, WSSU, Nursing, Public Health
Rachael Nyankson, WFU, Psychology    
Ayana  Reid, WSSU, Nursing, Public Health
Sadé Robinson, WSSU, Health & Exercise Science, Sports Medicine
Brithany Teran-Boza, WFU, Health & Exercise Science, Medical Spanish    Chemistry
Thompson Tatiana, WSSU, Psychology, Sociology and Deaf Studies


Northwest AHEC Scholars Regional Advisory Board



Leslee Battle, EdD
Professor and Interim Dean
School of Health Sciences
Winston-Salem State University
sarah Sarah Langdon, MPH, MCHES
Project Manager III
Department of Neurology
Wake Forest School of Medicine


Chinno Ingram, DrOT, OTR/L, PTA, CEAS
Clinical Associate Professor 
MSOT Admissions Coordinator
Occupational Therapy
Winston-Salem State University


Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD
Senior Associate Dean, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Health


Monica T. Brown, MPH
Health Center Manager
Downtown Health Plaza
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Health
Joey Joseph Skelton, MD
Professor, Pediatrics
Professor, Epidemiology and Prevention
Director, Brenner FIT
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Health
Richard Richard W. Flowers, DNP, CRNA, CHSE
Assistant Professor, Academic Nursing
Atrium Health 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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