The Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students enrolled in health professions programs across North Carolina, creating an interdisciplinary team of health professionals devoted to health care transformation and health equity.

We seek individuals who are committed to improving health and health care, and interested in improving their own skills, devoted to community service, and interested in working with other professionals in team based care.

With an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, rural, and first-generation college students, the NC AHEC Scholars Program aims to improve the diversity and distribution of all health professions and support health systems transformation across the state. Each class of NC AHEC Scholars represents a variety of health professions and institutions from every region of North Carolina.

Charlotte Regional Advisory Committee:

Michelle Boyd, MS, CSSGB, CDP
Director, Health Careers, Diversity & Quality Education
Charlotte AHEC
Tina Harper, BS, RRT-RCP
Program Director Respiratory Therapy
Stanly Community College
Donald Howard, MS, OT/L, CLT
Assistant Manager
CaroMont Rehab and Sports Medicine
Maureen Walsh Koricke, PhD
Director of MHA Program: Assistant Professor of Health Administration
Queens University of Charlotte
Xavia-Margrith Miles
AmeriCorps VISTA
Charlotte AHEC & MedServe
Lori Bequette, PhD
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Ruth Hedgepeth, EdD, MSN/MHA, RN
Central Piedmont Community College
Tammy Crump
Associate Vice President of Health Sciences and Public Health
Stanly Community College
Meg Patchett, PhD
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Joann Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA
Assistant Vice President
Charlotte AHEC
Michael Thompson, MS, DrPH
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Director, MHA Program
Director, Health Informatics and Analytics Program
UNC Charlotte

Program Eligibility

  • Must be currently enrolled in a health professions education training program in North Carolina
  • Reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must access to reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Scholar Responsibilities

  • Every admitted applicant must be committed to the AHEC Scholars Program for a total of 2 years
  • Every admitted applicant must complete 80 hours of clinical and didactic training each year of the program
  • Must complete all required assignments
  • Scholars are expected to attend the following dates for didactic Instruction:
    • Sept 15
    • Oct 20
    • Nov 17
    • Dec 15 or 8
    • Jan 19
    • Feb 16 (make-up day)

Experiential learning will occur in Spring 2019


  • $800 allowance ($400 per year) to offset expenses.
  • Upon successful completion of the AHEC Scholars Program, Charlotte AHEC Scholars will receive AHEC Community Health Scholar certification, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.
  • Opportunities to engage and network with thought leaders in health administration, public health, medicine, academia, etc.

How To Apply

  1. Download 2018 AHEC Scholars Application
  2. Fill out the form, save it to your computer
  3. Email Completed Application to
  4. Application Deadline: June 1st

A completed application will include the following materials:

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript

Prospective scholars will be notified by August 13th

Xavia-Margrith Miles
Charlotte AHEC & MedServe AmeriCorps VISTA