To Apply for IL AHEC Scholars:

Please complete the brief application below and upload your current curriculum vitae or resume in PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format.

Once received, your application will be reviewed and we will contact you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please reach out to any AHEC members (our information is located under Contacts).

Thank you for applying to the IL AHEC Scholars Program!

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AHEC Scholars:

The IL AHEC Scholars Program is a competitive two-year program that expands on health professions student education and training.  Students gain additional experience in rural or underserved areas and work with other students who share their passion for healthcare.  Eligible students are those who are enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program for the next 2 years.

The program is comprised of the following elements:

  • Completion of online, self-paced training modules covering key topic issues in underserved healthcare (40 hours per year, 80 hours total)
  • Completion of community based experiential trainings (40 hours per year, 80 hours total) which can be met in the following ways:
    • Underserved Health Experiences (UHE’s) – UHE’s are innovative 3-5 day opportunities for AHEC Scholars to learn about the delivery of healthcare in a rural or underserved community.  Time is spent shadowing a variety of health professionals and witnessing how interprofessional teams work together to facilitate patient care.
    • Job Shadowing/Practicum Placements
  • In year 2, AHEC Scholars will work together in interprofessional teams to complete a Community Service Learning Project (CSL).  Students will identify a priority health issue in a community and develop strategies to address the issue to improve population health.

Upon completion, Scholars receive a nationally recognized AHEC Scholars Certificate.

Visit and for more information on student health professions programs.

To apply, please submit the following*:

  • Completed on-line application
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume

Your application and support materials can be completed and submitted online with supporting documents uploaded in PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format.

*Sites may require immunization paperwork and other proof of recent vaccinations. Students should plan accordingly in anticipation of acceptance into a program.

If you have questions about your application, contact:

Vicky Rhine, MPH
National Center for Rural Health Professions
UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL  61107

More Information?

Hana Hinkle
National Center for Rural Health Professions
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5784