Hometown Scholars

Hometown Scholars

ATSU Hometown ScholarsDo you or someone you know want to help improve the health of your community? Desire to work or volunteer in your community health center? Aspire to be a physician, dentist or physician assistant?

Turn your passion into your calling through A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Hometown Scholars program, started in response to requests from community health centers (CHCs) and other safety net providers. Hometown Scholars helps ATSU meet the needs of CHCs by attracting and training dedicated, motivated, and qualified community-minded healers.

  • About CHCs +

    • CHC Mission

      To promote the provision of high-quality, comprehensive healthcare that is accessible, coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent and community-directed for all underserved populations.

      CHC Service

      Community health centers (CHCs) are not-for-profit providers of healthcare to America’s medically underserved. CHCs provide vital healthcare services in the nation’s neediest intercity, suburban and rural communities. Innovative CHC programs in primary and preventive care serve 23 million people through 8,500 delivery sites.

  • Preparing for a Life of Service +

      • Become aware of and motivated to join the Hometown Scholars program, as well as to eventually become a hometown healer.
      • After connecting with leadership from your local CHC, request an endorsement to the Hometown Scholars program from your CHC appointed leader based on their observation of your work while serving at the CHC.
      • Consider career options at a CHC.

  • Qualifications of a Hometown Scholars Applicant +

      • Committed to practicing in an underserved community
      • Motivated, capable, and caring
      • Involved with a CHC
      • Developing relationships with CHC staff/leadership
      • Learning about the working environment of a CHC
      • Demonstrating service to others

  • The Power of a Hometown Scholars Endorsement +

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      A Hometown Scholars endorsement lets ATSU know which applicants CHCs believe could become the compassionate community-minded healers they would like to employ. In this way, you can learn about that health center’s approach for improving community health, develop health center relationships, and hopefully, gain the endorsement from that CHC.

      A CHC leader can advocate for your acceptance into ATSU by sending a Hometown Scholars endorsement letter to Gary Cloud, PhD, Vice President of University Partnerships. Hometown Scholars letters of endorsement do not replace the regular application process. Hometown Scholars endorsement letters parallel the regular application process – a process that requires its own letters of support.

      Discover how to connect with a CHC as a volunteer or employee and hopefully become a Hometown Scholars endorsed applicant. Or perhaps you’re considering applying to ATSU if you’ve already established a relationship with a CHC.

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