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?
No, although a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. What majors are eligible? We accept applications from students pursuing any major. Past scholars and applicants have majored in public health, exercise physiology, dietetics, biology, chemistry, sociology, public affairs, political science and pre-med.
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 to Serve Scholar?
In addition to receiving a $10,000 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.
- Transcript required
- Recommendations or references required
- Special requirements exist (These are specified in text.)
- Photograph required
- 60 second video