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Scholars Program

The AHEC Scholars Program is for students studying a health profession who have an interest in serving in underserved and rural areas.  The students complete online modules and community-based experiences throughout the two year program to increase their knowledge in rural health and the six focus areas; Behavorial Health, Cultural Competency, Current and Emerging Health Issues (i.e. opioids, COVID-19), Interpersonal Education, Practice Transformation, and Social Determinants of Health.

Students are eligible for AHEC Scholars if they are studying a health profession at any degree level and are beginning the final two years of their program.  Students will receive a $1,800 stipend throughout their time as an AHEC Scholar.

Apply now at:  https://indianaahec.tfa.forms.net/f/2024_Scholars

For more information on what the program entails or how to apply, please contact:
Emily Webb
AHEC Assistant Director
(812) 849-4447


Kaidyn Hall is a junior at Indiana University Southeast.  Kaidyn is double majoring in nursing and Pre-Med with a minor in Spanish.  I chose nursing because I wanted to have an in-depth medical background before I attended medical school.  My plan is to graduate from nursing school in the spring of 2025, work as a nurse for 1 year, then attend medical school in the fall of 2026 at the University of Louisville Medical School.  My areas of interest are anesthesiology, cardiology, and oncology. 

She is originally from Elizabeth, Indiana and still lives in her small hometown.

Kaidyn applied for the AHEC Scholars Program to gain more knowledge.  "I love AHEC Scholars!  The events you are able to participate in are unlimited and can match your areas of interest all while meeting people who are on the same path!"

Q & A with Kaidyn

What led you to a career in healthcare?

I was born with Bilateral Clubfoot.  This caused me to have 10+ (I lost count after 10!) surgeries on my feet, ankles, and knees.  After spending my childhood in hospitals, doctor's offices, and physical therapy, I realized that there were so many medical professionals that helped me get to where I am today.  Without them I would not be able to do CrossFit, run as much as I want, or even walk!  I want to be the light, positivity, and hope in a child and family's life to get them back to their everyday life!

What was your first experience with AHEC?

I learned what AHEC was through a classmate at IUS.  This student was very involved in the program and talked highly of it, so I decided to join!

Why should students apply for the AHEC Scholars Program?

Students should apply for the AHEC Scholars Program because of the unlimited opportunities.  I am currently working with organizations in my community that I did not know were here.  This program is all about helping communities like your own.  Being able to give back to my town is so rewarding!

Anything else you want to add?

Something fun about me is I have a 14 year old Golden Retriever named Diesel.  I have had him since he was a puppy and he is just the cutest thing!  He has been my sidekick for 14 years and he even helps me study...mainly by laying his head on my keyboard and typing random things because he wants attention!