EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars 

Students working to improve health in their communities.

Who Are the EmPOWERED to Serve™ Scholars?

They are college freshmen, sophomores and juniors making a difference in the health of minority and underserved communities.

Past scholars include:

  • A health policy and management student who encouraged corner groceries to sell fresh, healthy foods,
  • A biochemistry student who taught diabetes courses at a community health clinic
  • A public policy student who helped launch an urban garden where families living in a food desert could harvest fresh fruit and vegetables.

Do you have a passion for public health, health equity, and community engagement? This college scholarship program could help you fulfill your vision


EmPOWERED to Serve is a movement of multicultural volunteers across the country who are committed to reducing health equity gaps in their communities.

2020 Scholar Announcement

We award $10,000 scholarships to 10 students each cycle. The goal is to empower young leaders to become agents of change in their communities.

The 2019-20 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholar application cycle is closed. All applicants will be notified in March, and the 2020 Scholars will be officially announced in April.

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2018 Scholars
American Heart Association Recognizes Students for Helping Improve Community Health

Inaugural 2018 competition awards $1,500 scholarships to six students

DALLAS, March 12, 2018 — The American Heart Association has awarded scholarships to six students for working to improve what are known as social determinants of health — the conditions in which people live and work that shape their health.