Church Health Scholars

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Church Health Scholars

Church Health Scholars is a paid yearlong program for recent college graduates seeking to explore a career in health care and make an impact in their community.

Become a Scholar Today

Become a Scholar today— gain health care experience. foster relationships. make an impact.

Gain health care experience.

Foster relationships.

Make an impact.

Preparing future leaders in health care.


achieve desired professional goals


acceptance rate to medical school


acceptance rate to dental school

Application Timeline

Thank you to Mrs. Cecile Skaggs for the generous support of future doctors though the Church Health Scholar Program. This support honors the memory of her husband, Dr. Marvin Skaggs who was a physician and leader in our community.

Available Scholar Positions

Church Health Scholars serve in areas throughout our organization including the clinic, dentistry, and physical rehabilitation. These roles will propel you toward a career in medicine, public health and more. 

Referral (Subspecialty) Scholar

Referral clinic assistants are responsible for managing on-site specialty care clinics and scheduling diagnostic tests for Church Health patients. Referral (Subspecialty) scholars work with volunteer providers across

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Optometry Assistant Scholar

The optometry assistant scholar will support the daily activities of the optometry clinic by learning to triage patients, schedule appointments, perform exam pretesting and diagnostics. The position will also provide support by helping

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Dental Assistant Scholar

Dental assistants are assigned tasks specific to the various areas of Church Health Dental Clinic. Successful applicants should be actively preparing for dental school or further study

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Clinic Assistant Scholar

The clinic assistant will report directly to the nurse manager. Duties may include assisting with walk-in clinic, clerkship in the pharmacy, answering incoming calls, patient

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how the Church Health Scholar program works

The Church Health Scholars Program is a one-year program that aims to provide recent college graduates with thoughtful and thought-provoking work experiences at Church Health, a faith-based organization that serves underserved populations in the Memphis area. Scholars work directly with our providers in one of our clinics or they work in positions that support our staff and community partners.

The Scholars program is open to recent four-year college graduates (0-3 years out of college). Scholars come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have an interest in healthcare and are united in serving Memphis’ underserved populations.

The application and decision dates change slightly from year to year. Generally, applications open in the fall and decisions are made by mid-spring. Each current year’s application dates will be updated in October.

Application Timeline

  • November 1: Application Open
  • February 11: Priority application deadline
  • March 17: Extended Deadline
  • April 1: Candidate notifications begin for priority deadline applicants

Many opportunities are open to Scholars. By being embedded in our service areas, Scholars are given access to the same learning resources and experiences our staff receive. They have the option to be paired with a local professional through the mentor program, and will participate in ongoing learning opportunities focused on professional development and learning about faith and health. Many opportunities will come through interaction with providers, volunteers and other community members, while others will be structured parts of the program, such as ongoing service and networking events. Additionally, every Scholar is encouraged to develop on ongoing relationship with Dr. Scott Morris and other staff to get support with interview skills and career development. 


Scholars are compensated the same as full-time staff members of Church Health, receiving an hourly pay for 40 hours per week and a full benefits package that includes health insurance, access to employee assistance programs, and free membership to the Church Health YMCA. Scholars also receive paid vacation days, with the opportunity to earn more through the Church Health Staff Health Program.

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Meet Our Scholars

Scholars are more than fellows and recent graduates. They are vital to the work of Church Health. Introducing the 2023 – 2024 Cohort:

Reginald Matthews - Clinic Assistant Scholar

Clinic Assistant Scholar

Julian Peterson - Optometry Scholar

Optometry Scholar

Emily Barker - Referral Clinic Scholar

Referral Clinic Scholar

Jayla Dockery - Optometry Scholar

Optometry Scholar

Abigail Florio, Healthcare Advisory Scholar

Healthcare Advisory Scholar

Julianna French - Referral Clinic Scholar

Referral Clinic Scholar

Molly Gallagher, Behavioral Health Scholar -2

Behavioral Health Scholar

Imaan Hussain - Referral Clinic Scholar

Referral Clinic Scholar

Sahithi Kundavajjala -Referral Clinic Scholar-2

Referral Clinic Scholar

Lufti LaSida - Clinic Assistant Scholar-2

Clinic Assistant Scholar

Alexandria Martin, Medical Clinic Scholar -2

Clinic Assistant Scholar

Joshua Mowry - Scholar

Clinic Assistant Scholar

William Sarahan -Referral Clinic Scholar

Referral Clinic Scholar

Daija Smith - Physical Therapy Scholar

Physical Rehabilitation Scholar

Camilla White - Dental Scholar

Dental Scholar

Abdullah Youssouf - Dental Scholar

Dental Scholar

Lucas Davis - Dental Scholar

Dental Scholar

Day in the Life of a Church Health Scholar

Scholars share parts of their day to give a glimpse of what it’s like as inside each department and clinical area at Church Health. Each scholar featured took over our Instagram stories for the day to share their unique perspectives.
Navigate to our Instagram highlights section to check them out.

Scholar Webinar Series

Explore careers in health care with our Scholars. Learn about the Scholar experience in each department and what Scholars contribute to and take away from Church Health.

About the Church Health Scholars Program

Since its inception as the volunteer-based Clinic Assistant Program in the late 1980s, the Church Health Scholars program has helped participants launch careers as medical providers, community leaders and health care professionals.

The Church Health Scholars program is a gap-year, service-learning fellowship for recent four-year college graduates interested in serving underserved populations and exploring the intersection of faith and health. During a year of meaningful work, scholars are exposed to what it means to work in an equitable healthcare setting to serve the underserved populations of Memphis. 

Church Health aims to provide a firm foundation for scholars to build professional and personal values, work ethic and perspective that forwards our mission to care for one another in our Memphis community.


Compensation & Benefits


Church Health offers competitive wages to attract and retain employees with great skills and ideas that align with our mission, and to reward achievement. Regular performance reviews are held between each employee and his or her direct manager to ensure that achievements are recognized, and that goals and expectations are being met.

Medical, Vision & Dental

Church Health offers employees working 20 or more hours per week group major medical, vision and dental coverage, effective the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.

Medical and vision is currently offered through BlueCross BlueShield of TN. Dependent coverage is also available. The organization currently pays approximately 50% – 80% of premiums dependent upon coverage level and number of hours worked per week.

Affordable dental coverage is currently available through Delta Dental of TN, and spouse and dependent dental coverage is also available.

Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Accounts

Church Health offers two flexible spending account options, allowing you to save and pay for you and your family’s eligible medical, dental, vision and childcare expenses.

For participants in the High Deductible Health Plan, Church Health offers an HSA. Church Health also offers a one-time lump sum and a per pay period match for those who enroll in an HSA!

Basic Life & AD&D Insurance

Church Health offers basic life and AD&D insurance at no cost to employees. This also covers a spouse and dependent children at no cost to the employee. Employees may purchase additional supplemental group term life and AD&D for themselves, their spouses, and dependent children.

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

Church Health offers short term and long term disability coverage at no cost to employees after 90 days of employment. Short term coverage pays 70% of an employee’s eligible pay for up to 11 weeks. Long term coverage pays 60% of an employee’s eligible wages after short term has been exhausted. Employees must be on an approved leave of absence.


Employees working 20 or more hours per week may participate in a 401(K) deferred compensation plan that is designed to provide income for all covered employees beyond the working years. Church Health will contribute a 3% safe harbor after one year of service and match up to an additional 1% if the employee participates.

Paid Vacation

Paid Time Off (PTO) is a benefit provided to full-time and regular part-time employees each year based on years of service and scheduled hours per week. PTO is accrued throughout the year and employees are eligible to use their accrued PTO after 90 days of employment. Employees working less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for PTO.

Church Health also observes 10 paid holidays per year.

Employee Assistance Program

All employees and members of their household have access to Church Health’s EAP provided by Lincoln Financial Group.  This service offers free and confidential assistance on topics ranging from stress management to substance abuse.

Professional Development

Church Health offers various opportunities for professional development, including Church Health University, our Quality Curriculum Course and external training and seminars such as Dale Carnegie Training.

Staff Health Program

All employees are eligible for Church Health’s Staff Health Program. Participants are rewarded in cash or PTO (if eligible for PTO) based on the number of points earned for making healthy decisions and participating in other events and activities.