Church Health Scholars

Our Purpose

Through work, curriculum, independent projects, and Memphis engagement, Church Health Scholars seeks to build future leaders in a service-learning experience within a faith-based healthcare organization.

About the Church Health Scholars Program

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.

Since its inception as the volunteer-based Clinic Assistant Program in the mid-1990’s, the Church Health Scholars program has helped participants launch careers as medical providers, community leaders and healthcare professionals.

Who Are Church Health Scholars?

Scholars are more than fellows and recent graduates. They are vital to the work of Church Health.

Scholars interact with our staff and patients on a daily basis and bring a new sense of learning and compassion to the work we do. Like most who work with Church Health, many Scholars feel they are called to serve underserved populations. We are here for a purpose. And though our Scholars come from diverse backgrounds and locations, they are all driven, young professionals who value hard work and seek to change the world around them.

Scholar Expectations 

Church Health Scholars is a robust program and expects dedication and hard work from participants. We work to attract high-performing, socially-conscious applicants in order to help them deepen their knowledge and their passion.

The Church Health Scholars program typically runs June to June. Scholars are expected to commit to the entire 12 months. Some positions may require earlier start dates based on area needs. Scholars needing to exit the program early will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The program strives to foster community. Scholars are expected to be active members of the Scholars community by attending all Scholar events and programming.

Other expectations related to various program pieces can be found under the Program Description page.

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