About AHEC Scholars

As part of the NC AHEC Scholars program, the Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students enrolled in health professions programs across an 8 county region (Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Union) in North Carolina. Together these students create an interdisciplinary team of health professionals devoted to the transformation of health care in North Carolina. We seek individuals who are committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in improving their own skills and in working with other professionals in team-based care.

With an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, rural, and first-generation college students, the Charlotte 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 Charlotte AHEC Scholars represents a variety of health professions and institutions across the Charlotte AHEC Region.

Selected applicants participate in a 2-year educational program and may receive an $2,000 travel expense subsidy ($1,000 per year, subject to academic or institutional approval). Each AHEC Scholar will receive a NC AHEC Scholars Certificate, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment. Selected scholars will meet students and faculty from academic institutions throughout the region and state. Scholars will be a part of a network of healthcare leaders and students, creating an invaluable opportunity to expand their network and support future career goals.

Scholars will participate in both experiential and didactic learning opportunities that will explore topics such as:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues

Program Eligibility

  • Must be currently enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program in Charlotte AHEC Region by August 31
  • Reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Scholar Responsibilities

  • Must be committed to the AHEC Scholars Program for a total of 2 years
  • Complete 40 hours of didactic training each year of the program
  • Complete 40 hours of experiential training each year of the program
  • Must complete all required assignments
  • Scholars are expected to attend the following dates for didactic instruction:
    2023–2024 Didactic Instruction Schedule "In Person"
    • September 16, 2023
    • October 14, 2023
    • November 18, 2023
    • February 17, 2024
    • March 16, 2024
  • 2023–2024 Didactic Instruction Schedule via Live Webinar
    • TBD
  • Experiential learning will occur in Spring of each year


  • Scholars will receive $2,000 allowance ($1,000 per year) to offset expenses.
  • Scholars will have opportunities to engage and network with thought leaders in health administration, public health, medicine, academia, etc.
  • Scholars will be better positioned to work with diverse patients in rural and/or underserved communities.
  • Network with like-minded students that want to make a difference in healthcare.

Must be currently enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program in Charlotte AHEC Region by August 31

Click Here for a List of Accepted Programs for the NC AHEC Scholars Program

  1. Download 2023 AHEC Scholars Application
  2. Save it to your computer to complete
  3. A completed application will include the following materials:
    • AHEC Scholars Application
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation - Download Letter of Recommendation Form
    • Copy of Official Transcript (Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will accept an unofficial transcript at this time. However, an official transcript could be requested prior to acceptance)
    • Resume
    • Additional information may be required upon selection such as:
      • Background Check to be completed by Charlotte AHEC
      • Immunization Records Upon Selection (Mandatory for clinical learning)
      • All students, including students in fully online programs, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they do not receive a medical or religious exemption
  4. Email Completed Application to Paulina.Crass@AtriumHealth.org
  5. Application Deadline: May 31, 2023
Important Dates for Applicants
  • Deadline: May 31, 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2023
  • Orientation: September 16, 2023
Liberty Anderson
NC A&T State University
Phillip Bell
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Matthew Brown
Queens University of Charlotte
Myla Cunningham
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Health Systems Management
Dabreon Davis
Queens University of Charlotte
Public Health
Emily Dickinson
Pfeiffer University
Physician Assistant
Claire Dundon
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Master of Health Administration
Sarah Anne Hart
Wingate University
Occupational Therapy
Lisa Insixiengmay
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Health Systems Management
Keira Isom
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Juan Sebastian Marin
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Public Health
Kira Martin
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Kade McCulloch
Davidson College
Public Health
Haley Minier
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Public Health
Morgan Pate
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Master of Health Administration
Madison Pavlovsky
Queens University
Health Science - Bioscience
Savanah Perrini
Wingate University
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Quentin Powell
Spalding University
Doctor in Social Work
Alisha Woodside
Wingate University
Occupational Therapy
Michelle Boyd, MS, CSSGB, CDP
Director, Health Careers, Diversity & Quality Education
Charlotte AHEC
Paulina Crass, BA, CSSGB
Education Specialist
Charlotte AHEC
Joann Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA
Interim Executive Director, Charlotte AHEC
Assistant Vice President, Atrium Health
Apryl A. Alexander, Psy.D.
Metrolina Distinguished Scholar of Health & Public Policy
Associate Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences | UNC Charlotte
Jasmine Ballard
Director – Administrative, Levine Cancer Institute
Atrium Health
Shawana Burnette
Nurse Manager
Atrium Health
Manuel Campbell
Clinic Director of Levine Children's Specialty Centers
Atrium Health
Lisa Dinkins, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Lienne Edwards, PhD, RN
Associate Profesor Emeritus
UNCC School of Nursing
Andrea Ellis, MHA
Senior Project Manager, Integration Management Office
Atrium Health
Vicki Gardin, PharmD
Network Clinical Pharmacist
Atrium Health
Brandon F. Jones, PharmD, MBA
Atrium Health
Patricia Koplas
PT and Health Advisor
Queens University of Charlotte
Karen Linyard, DBA, MBA, LPN
Project Manager, Operations Performance Improvement
Atrium Health Medical Group
Vondra Love
Senior HR Consultant
Atrium Health
Andrea Phronebarger
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Layla McCall Stafford, PT, DPT, M.Ed, ATC, LAT
Physical Therapist
Atrium Health at Home University City
Lynn Sanders MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC
Administrative Director, Department of Hematology, LCI Bone Marrow Transplant Administration
Atrium Health
Michael Thompson, MS, DrPH
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Director, MHA Program
Acting Director, Academy for Population Health Innovation
UNC Charlotte
Naomi West, PharmD, MBA
Assistant Vice President
Atrium Health
Sheila Wright, MSN, RN
Coordinator Mecklenburg/York Counties Faith Community Health Ministry
Atrium Health

Charlotte AHEC Scholars Regional Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly to provide support for our Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program.

Paulina Crass, BA, CSSGB
Education Specialist
Charlotte AHEC