EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars 

Students working to improve health in their communities.

What Are the EmPOWERED to ServeScholars?
EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars are students who have demonstrated their commitment to improve what are known as social determinants of health — the conditions in which people live and work that shape their health. 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.
 

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.

 

Application Period is now Open

The 2019 scholars competition is accepting applications through Jan. 20, 2020. The program is open to college freshmen and sophomores who are actively addressing social determinants of health like food insecurity, safe housing, job opportunities and access to health care. 

Thanks to the generous support of philanthropist and entrepreneur Lawrence Griffith, the founder and CEO of Digital Factory, Inc., this grant cycle will award 10 $10,000 scholarships for 2020. The goal is to empower young leaders to become agents of change in their communities.

Go to our application page to submit a resume, letter of recommendation and other materials. This includes a personal 60-second video about what health equity means to you and how you’ve made a sustainable, positive impact on a community’s health. 

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.

 

Group of Students working together