AHEC Scholars

Applications to join our AHEC Scholars Program are closed for the 2021 – 22 year. Check back next fall 2022!


The program is administered by the Wisconsin AHEC Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – School of Medicine and Public Health.

2021 Application window: August 2 – October 15, 2021

To apply:

  • Make sure you meet our eligibility criteria listed below and have proof of admission to an approved health professions degree program, such as an unofficial copy of your transcript or an acceptance letter, ready to upload as part of this application.
  • Prepare your response to the following prompt: In 500 words or less, please describe your background and career goals. How do you feel the WI AHEC Scholars Program will benefit you in reaching your goals?
  • Complete our easy online application where you’ll provide us with demographic information, your career and interests, and your response to the question above.
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WI AHEC Scholars is a competitive program. You must meet all the following requirements for admission in our 2021 Cohort 4:


AHEC Scholars Overview

Wisconsin AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to enhance and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Each year as an AHEC Scholar, you’ll participate in a combination of didactic and community-based experiential training in a Wisconsin rural community and/or with underserved populations. Learn more: 2021-22 Scholars Overview & Checklist

Educational and training activities support the following six (6) Core Topics:

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

We offer flexible pathways for students to complete their didactic and community-based experiential training each year.

AHEC Scholars Cohort

Each fall, WI AHEC accepts a new Scholars Cohort ranging in size from 105-145 students. The Cohort will complete their first and second years on the same timeline and are referred to by the academic year of their start (e.g. 2021 Scholars Cohort 4).

AHEC Scholars Stipend

AHEC Scholars Cohort 4 students earn a $1,500 stipend over the course of their experience. Stipends amounts are distributed throughout the 2-year commitment at regular intervals, upon successful achievement of program milestones.

AHEC Scholars Academic Year

First-year AHEC Scholars will begin in the program in November 2021 with an Orientation. Returning second-year AHEC Scholars will begin in August with an Orientation for their final year in the program. The AHEC Scholars Academic Year ends June 3, 2022 for both first-year and second-year students. The full program lasts for a duration of two years, ensuring Scholars will complete 40 hours of online didactic training and 40 hours of team-based field placement or clinical rotation before the end of each Scholars Year (for a total of 160 hours over two years).

Regional Center Assignment & Groups

Each accepted Scholar will be matched to one of Seven Regional Centers: Milwaukee, Northeast, Northern Highland, Northwest, North Central, Scenic Rivers, or South Central. Regional Center assignment takes into account many factors including community need, Regional Center resources, and Scholar preferences reported during the application process.

Regional Centers support their group of Scholars to ensure successful completion of annual requirements and coordination of team-based field placements or clinical rotations. In many cases, a Scholars’ Regional Center Assignment corresponds to the anticipated location of their anticipated clinical rotation location (e.g. a Scholar anticipating completing their clinical rotation in Rhinelander, WI would be assigned to our Northern Highland Regional Center). Scholars will work with their assigned Regional Center to customize their field placement or clinical rotation each year, which may or may not physically take place within that Regional Center’s geographic area.

The seven regional AHEC Centers provide the clinical/community-based learning activities. To learn more about the centers, see here

Contact Us: scholars@ahec.wisc.edu