Requirements and How to Apply

The 2020 Application cycle has been closed at this time. Let us know if you are interested in learning more about the 2021 application cycle.


Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2020. 

Eligibility: College freshmen, sophomores and juniors in any major who are improving community health and wellness through efforts such as advocating for access to healthy food, volunteering at a local health clinic or organization, working in student health, fundraising for a cause, and more. 3.0 Grade Point Average and above preferred but not required.


Application Requirements:

  •  60-second video about what health equity means to you and how you’ve made a sustainable, positive impact on a community’s health
  • Letter of Recommendation (from a  teacher, guidance counselor, mentor, community leader, etc.)

  • Headshot photo 

  • College transcript (high school transcript acceptable if freshman; unofficial transcript acceptable)

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. 

Please email any questions to

Begin your application now


EmPOWERED Scholars Sample Application video featuring Kalisha Wellman.