University of Southern Indiana

AHEC Scholars

Interested in providing care to rural and medically underserved communities?

Interested in learning how to effectively deliver team-based health care?

Interested in experiencing unique programs and services for rural and underserved communities?

If your responses are yes, AHEC Scholars may be designed just for you.

The AHEC Scholars program is designed to give health professions students a deeper understanding of rural and urban healthcare, caring for underserved populations, and the importance of practice transformation in a clinical care setting. Timing of the team-based community experiences will be dependent upon the selected cohort’s availability.

ahec scholars logoEligibility: Students in the final two years of an accredited health professions program, including two-year degree programs, are eligible to apply to be an AHEC Scholar.

Eligible programs include (not an exhaustive list) medicine, nursing, physician assistant, public health, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental, dental hygiene and other allied health programs.

Program Details:

  • Application deadline is September 18, 2022
  • Begins October 2022 and continues for two academic years (through May 2024)
  • Includes 40 hours of didactic content (online/asynchronous)
  • Provides 40 hours of community-based, experiential learning with team members
  • Pays a $750/year stipend to participants meeting requirements each year

If you have any questions, please email Krista Kercher at  or call 812-464-1994.

Student Point of View:

Karissa Bittner

"AHEC has provided so many incredible opportunities for me to get to know the needs of my community better as well as furthering my knowledge of the needs in rural medicine. I highly encourage anyone planning to practice in a medically unserved or rural area to consider joining and becoming the best provider possible for your future patients!"

– Kalissa Bittner
Physician Assistant Student 
University of Evansville
AHEC Scholar Cohort 2022

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