AHEC Scholars

The application to join our Cohort 7 AHEC Scholars is open!

Application closes October 15th

Notification window: October 23-31, 2024



"I would encourage students to sign-up because it has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to become more comfortable networking with individuals outside of my direct field and see the importance of interdisciplinary work."

AHEC Scholar, 2020 Cohort 3


Join a national cohort of over 6,000 AHEC Scholars setting themselves apart with this nationally-recognized program! The Wisconsin AHEC Scholars two-year program is designed to enhance and broaden your health training with a combination of didactic education and community-based field placement in a Wisconsin rural or underserved community.

Program Benefits

  • Expand your knowledge of the health challenges and contexts of rural and underserved populations in Wisconsin to help you become a better professional
  • Build a professional network within a variety of health disciplines
  • Receive a $1,500 stipend over the course of your commitment
  • Collect a digital badge to recognize your achievement
  • Gain a competitive edge in marketing yourself to employers


  1. Be two years away from getting your degree (Fall 2024 Cohort must graduate spring, summer, or fall of 2026).
  2. Commit to active participation for two consecutive years while concurrently working toward your degree.
  3. Plan to enter the workforce or residency program upon graduation from your current degree program and have an interest in working in a rural and/or underserved area within Wisconsin.
  4. Be currently enrolled in or accepted to one of the approved degree programs that are at least two years in length.

International students are welcome to apply. Prior approval of participation in any Wisconsin AHEC program by your home campus International Student Services Advisor is required.


Approved degree programs

  • Advanced Practice Nurse (MSN, PhD, DNP)
  • Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
  • Medicine (DO, MD)
  • Mental Health Counseling/Psychology (MA, MS, PhD)
  • Occupational Therapy (MOT, OTD)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
  • Physician Assistant (MPAS)
  • Public Health (BPH, MPH, PhD)
  • Registered Dietitian (RDN)
  • Registered Nurse (ADN, BSN)
  • Social Work (BSW, MSW, PhD)
  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor (AAS)


AHEC Scholars is a two-year program, and each of the components below must be completed in both years one and two, equating to 40 hours of didactic learning and 40 hours of a community-based field placement each year. The first program year runs November 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025 and the second program year runs September 1, 2025 – May 31, 2026. 

  1. Orientation
    Attend a virtual orientation at the start of each year. In year one this includes an introduction to the program, the staff, and an overview of the core topic areas.
  2. AHEC Connect
    Choose three out of seven offered virtual AHEC Connect Sessions, which focus on current and relevant health topics and include the opportunity to participate in discussion with other Scholars.
  3. Community Health Immersion
    Select a Community Health Immersion to develop a deeper understanding of health challenges and cultural considerations affecting populations in Wisconsin. AHEC offers a mix of live in-person, live virtual, or virtual on-demand options to accommodate a variety of schedules and topic interests.
  4. Skills Advancement
    Complete a skills advancement training from a selection including a number of certification options to better prepare you for your career and to enhance your resume.
  5. Field Placement
    Get hands-on experience with a 40-hour community-based field placement. Clinical placements coordinated through your academic program may be counted toward this requirement. Your AHEC Scholars Advisor will work with you to approve an existing field placement/internship or to find a placement that matches your interests and career goals.
  6. Program Evaluation
    Participate in an end-of-year program evaluation.

Questions? Contact Katie Freeman, AHEC Program Manager, at kmfreeman2@wisc.edu.