University Health Educators Scholars Program

Supporting students with aspirations to improve health outcomes through resource education and unique support.

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September 10, 2022

We recognize the need to work alongside entrepreneurs, nontraditional partners and the next generation of leaders to build sustainable community solutions that will positively impact issues affecting personal well-being. Our mission to be a relentless force for a world of healthier, longer lives is more important than ever. That’s why the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED to Serve™ is investing in students who are passionate about public health, health equity, and community engagement, especially those who are a part of marginalized communities, to diversify the STEM and social-sector pipeline. Racial disparities in student debt may contribute to the continued racial inequality in the United States.

Through the EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars program, we empower students to continue their journey in higher education to champion health equity by improving social determinants of health – the conditions in which people live and work that shape their health. Health inequity issues include food insecurity, safe housing, job opportunities, and access to health care. The Scholars program is an opportunity that is offered to undergraduate college students working as agents of change to create health equity in their communities, this year six students will be awarded $5,000 scholarships. EmPOWERED to Serve seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the gap in health disparities among historically excluded and underfunded communities.

Application Requirements:

  • Headshot photo
  • Current college transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Letter of recommendation (from a teacher, guidance counselor, mentor, community leader, etc.)
  • Short answers to questions regarding health equity, health advocacy, and social determinants of health

More detail is provided in the application portal.

Application Portal Instructions:

  1. At the AHA Community Funding Portal login screen, click “register as a user” to create a user account.
  2. Fill in registration information (bolded fields are required). Click “Submit Request” at bottom of screen.
  3. Check your email and click on the verification link to create your password and login to the portal.
  4. Once you’re logged in to the portal, click on “EmPowered Scholars” in left column.
  5. Click on “Click Here to Apply for Funding” at bottom of screen.
  6. Answer all questions and click “Save” at bottom of screen.
  7. Click on the plus sign at bottom of screen to upload video and document files.
  8. Once files are uploaded, click “Save” at bottom of screen.
  9. Review all information and click “Submit Application” at bottom of screen.
  10. You may save your pending application and return to it later if you’re not able to complete it all at one time.

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University Health Educators Scholars Program
EmPowered To Serve

Supporting students with aspirations to improve health outcomes through resource education and unique support.

Apply Now