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AHEC’s mission is to recruit, train and retain health professionals and build a pipeline for the community college for continuing education opportunities for post graduates. RAHEC at Rappahannock Community College will connect students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.


Service Region
AHEC serves the following counties and cities in the Rappahannock Region:

Caroline, Essex, Fredericksburg, Gloucester, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond County, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland.


Visit Virginia AHEC for more information about AHEC Scholars.

Virginia AHEC Scholars Program

Visit Virginia AHEC for more information about AHEC Scholars.


Who is eligible?

The AHEC Scholars program is a noncredit program designed for students who have an interest in rural or underserved health care and are currently enrolled in a college-level health career degree or certificate program. Students within two years of finishing their health career degree or certificate program are eligible to apply. 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.

What does the program require?

AHEC Scholars is a two-year program comprised of 40 hours of online didactic and 40 hours of clinical and/or community-based activities each year. In many cases, the community experiences can be accomplished concurrently with field work requirements of the student’s major.  

Scholars will engage in study and experiences addressing core topics such as:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and emerging health issues such as substance use disorders 

What are the benefits of the program?

Students also receive valuable work experience, support and mentorship, networking opportunities, and a stipend. AHEC Scholars are given preference for additional (optional) free statewide training events. Upon completion of requirements, each AHEC Scholar will receive an AHEC Scholars Certificate, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.

How to apply?

  • Students may complete the online application.
  • Two letters of recommendation and a copy of an unofficial transcript are required. Click here.
  • Attach your transcript when submitting the application. Please email the recommendation form to

For more information, contact Stacie Wind, AHEC Program Manager at 804-436-4218 or email