EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars 

Students working to improve health in their communities.

What Are the EmPOWERED to ServeScholars?

EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars are college freshmen, sophomores and juniors making a difference in the health of their 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, and 
  • A public policy student who helped launch an urban garden where families living in a food desert could harvest fresh fruit and vegetables.

Ten students will each receive a $10,000 scholarship towards their college tuition.


What Is EmPOWERED to Serve?
EmPOWERED to Serve is a movement inspired by multicultural American Heart/American Stroke Association volunteers across the country who are committed to reducing gaps in health equity in their communities.


Apply Now for a $10,000 Scholarship

We will award $10,000 scholarships to 10 students, thanks to the generous support of philanthropist and entrepreneur Lawrence Griffith, the founder and CEO of Digital Factory, Inc. The goal is to empower young leaders to become agents of change in their communities.

Michelle Ballasiotes, a past EmPOWERED to Serve Scholar, has a message of encouragement for anyone thinking about applying. She is a pediatric stroke survivor with a passion for health policy who plans to become an occupational therapist. 

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2020. 

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.