Requirements and How to Apply


All currently enrolled college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with aspirations of using their degree to improve health outcomes and reduce the gap in health disparities among under-resourced and racially and ethnically diverse communities.

Previous applicants’ efforts to improve health equity have included advocating for access to healthy food, volunteering at a health clinic, working in a student health program and fundraising for a cause that promotes health equity. Must have a passing GPA of 2.0 or higher and be in good standing with the college or university.

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.

Please email any questions to [email protected].

EmPOWERED Scholars Sample Application video featuring Kalisha Wellman.