AHEC Scholars is a program for undergraduate and graduate health professions students interested in enhancing their education and experiences beyond the classroom.  Students will gain additional knowledge and experiences in patient centered team based care and learn about unique challenges that face underserved rural and/or urban communities. 

Panhandle AHEC will award scholars up to $1,600 depending on area of study and for commitment to participation in AHEC Scholars Program!

Program duration is two years and each year includes the following for a total of 160 hours:

  • 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
  • 40 hours didactic education per year  (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
  • Core Topic Areas Include Information On:
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Behavioral Health Integration
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Cultural Competency
    • Practice Transformation
    • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Signed agreement to participate in longitudinal tracking

Didactic education and clinical experience can be done through a flexible schedule distributed across semesters or via intensive training sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare, currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion.

To apply for AHEC Scholars, go to:


AHEC Junior Scholars

AHEC Junior Scholars consists of high school students who are interested in the medical field. This program provides the students with information about health careers, training experience through simulations, and clinical experience. AHEC partners with various programs within the area high schools that teach health science programs and provides necessary equipment that enables these programs to train the students.

For information on health care careers go to the Texas H.O.T. (Health Opportunities in Texas) Jobs website at