The Health Equity Scholars Program supports student leaders from the UCF College of Medicine Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and Medical Education to examine health disparities across sociodemographic groups and explore how knowledge, attitudes, and practices in healthcare bear influence on disparities. Program participants will utilize these tools to cultivate a culture of humanism in medicine and empower others to create positive change for health equity.

Selected participants will be expected to

  • design and engage in a project, initiative or research effort that addresses health disparities or health equity.
  • identify a faculty advisor for the project, initiative or research effort.
  • compose a program manuscript or publishable article.
  • join membership on the Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

Selected proposals will receive a $1500 award to support student time and implementation efforts.  Priority will be given to fund projects, initiatives or research that are extra-curricular and not part of the student’s required academic scholarship (eg. FIRE or required academic program research).

If you are interested in participating in the Health Equity Scholars Program, please complete the program application. Program applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due by September 30, 2021. Questions can be emailed to the UCF COM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at