Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

All currently enrolled college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are working to improve community health and wellness are eligible to apply. 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.

Is there a GPA requirement?

Must have a passing GPA of 2.0 or higher and be in good standing with the college or university. Past scholars and applicants have majored in public health, exercise physiology, dietetics, biology, chemistry, sociology, public affairs, political science and pre-med.

Are graduate students eligible?

No, these scholarships are open only to undergraduates.

I’m a high school senior starting college next fall. Am I eligible to apply?

No, the scholarships are open only to current undergraduate students. We encourage you to apply once you’re enrolled in college.

Are these scholarships only for U.S. citizens and permanent residents?

We welcome all students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university, including undocumented students and those who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

What are the benefits of becoming an EmPOWERED Scholar?

In addition to receiving a $5,000 college scholarship, scholars become part of the EmPOWERED to Serve network of ambassadors and alumni. Scholars also have the opportunity to formally represent their regional American Heart Association office, and they receive invitations to special events such as the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator finale.

If I’m not selected, are there other opportunities to be involved with the American Heart Association?

Yes! Please consider becoming an EmPOWERED to Serve ambassador. Our ambassadors help advance the AHA’s efforts promoting health justice and empowerment. If you’re an activist, community leader, health care professional, young professional or social entrepreneur with a passion for health equity, we invite you to become an EmPOWERED to Serve ambassador.

How can I get more information?

Please contact us at [email protected].

I applied for a scholarship. When will I hear back?

All applicants for a 2024 scholarship will receive notification in July.

About Us

EmPOWERED to Serve accelerates innovative solutions to eliminate disparities in under-resourced communities caused by social determinants of health, also called structural determinants.

Business Accelerator

Since we launched four years ago we have made a health impact through organizations that address food insecurity, transportation, access to healthcare, STEM, youth education and more.