AHEC Scholars Program

In an effort to protect all students and staff ALL AHEC Scholar activities have been transitioned online during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis.

The AHEC Scholars Program is an opportunity for health profession students, of all disciplines, to participate in interprofessional healthcare team activities. The duration of the program is 1-2 years (depending on discipline), runs concurrently with a student’s academic curriculum and concludes when the student graduates from their respective health profession program. In addition to educational and professional enrichment, the AHEC Scholars Program offers a $500 stipend, per year, to help offset student costs.

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Why Scholars Program?

  • Be a part of a federally recognized program
  • Opportunity to engage with communities in 35 counties across South Texas
  • Learn about different populations living within South Texas
  • Network and train interprofessionally with various health profession students
  • Gain knowledge of working with underserved and rural populations
  • Learn about community resources that can improve patient care
  • Become a leader in helping address health inequities

What’s Involved?

  • Commitment to completing 1 or 2 years of the program (depending on discipline)
  • 40 hours of didactics (online and in person opportunities) each year of the program
  • 40 hours of experiential learning (community based activities, clinical rotations) each year of the program
  • Completion of program MUST be concurrent with student’s graduation from health profession program

Who Can Participate?

  • Students currently enrolled in a health profession program
    Examples of eligible programs: (nursing (all), medicine, dental, PT, OT, PA, SLP, social work, technicians, pharmacy, mental health, CHWs, etc.) (undergraduate pre-health professions are NOT eligible)
  • Students underrepresented in healthcare are STRONGLY encouraged to apply
  • Students willing to take on extra-curricular activities in addition to their academic commitments

Please contact Andrea Moreno-Vasquez by e-mail at morenovasqua@uthscsa.edu or phone: 210-450-8451, for more information.

Practicum Sites

South Central

  • Madonna Center
  • San Antonio AIDS Foundation
  • Reaching Maximum Independence
  • El Bari Community Health Center
  • Frio Regional Hospital

South Coastal AHEC

  • Amistad Community Health Center (FQHC)
  • Mission of Mercy

Southwest Border

  • Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas (KITT) Community Health Center
  • UMC (FQHC)
  • Yeled Shalom
  • MHMR


  • Border Region Behavioral Health Center
  • Gateway Community Health Center (FQHC)
  • Ruth B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center


  • Community Action Corporation of South Texas (FQHC)


“I really wanna thank AHEC for the opportunity to be part of the Scholars Program. I didn’t really understand the impact it was gonna have in my career. I recently got hired for a Nurse Practitioner position and I am updating my resume and all of a sudden I realized that all the didactics and practicum that I did while at AHEC are finally gonna pay off. I am getting credit for all the hard work and it means a lot to me. My Program Director is super proud too. She wants me to list everything I ever did at AHEC. The big shots will look at those when determining my pay. THANK YOU all. I really appreciate ur leadership.

“I believe the learning moment that contributed the most to becoming a better team member was the discussion and input from all the providers at the rounds. Everyone had a different approach for their specific set of skills, but at the end of the day they were all there to improve the lives of the patients and​ caregivers.”