AHA SURE Scholars Program

Diversity in Science Matters

Become a SURE Scholar. Be seen, learn and help your community.

  • Work with leading researchers.
  • Sample career paths.
  • Attend AHA Scientific Sessions.
Three underrepresented students - two females one male - from Boston University - SURE scholars

About the Program

A science workforce that reflects and responds to underrepresented communities is crucial to the AHA’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. This 8- to 10-week program provides a rich academic experience for students considering careers in research and health services.

Who Can Apply?

This program supports underrepresented college students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years who are exploring careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). These include undergraduates who are African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native Indian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+ and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Participating Institutions

Six major institutions are taking part - Boston University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Vanderbilt University. Applications are available through the institutions, tailored to their respective requirements.

AHA Scholars Program

Looking for other scholarship opportunities? Check out these additional American Heart Association Scholars groups.


a collage of the 2022 EmPOWERED Scholars headshots

Scholarships for students passionate about public health, health equity and community engagement, driven to address social determinants of health.


Group of student attendees at the 2022 AHA HBCU Scholar Program Awards (© Larry McCormack

Helping students at historically Black colleges and universities work toward professional degrees in the biomedical and health sciences.


A group of AHA's Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program 2021 scholars

Partnering with Hispanic-serving institutions and their students to create a pipeline for diverse researchers and health care professionals.


A group of NHLCC scholars standing in front of the AHA's life-size heart and torch sculpture.

Championing equity in health and health care by supporting emerging leaders in the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative.

2024 Holidays

AHA offices will be closed:                                    Altum/Proposal Central will be closed:
Jan. 1 Sept. 2   Jan. 1 July 4
Jan. 15 Nov. 28 & 29   Jan. 15 Sept. 2
May 27 Dec. 23-27   Feb. 19 Oct. 14
July 4     May 27 Nov. 28 & 29

    June 19 Dec. 23-27