Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Church Health Scholars?

Q: Who can be a Scholar?

Q: When are the application and decision periods?

Q: What are the expectations for Scholars?

Q: What resources and opportunities are available for Scholars?

Q: What type of compensation do Scholars receive?

Q: Do I have to have a pre-med background or experience in the health care field?

Q: Do I have to be Christian to be a Scholar?

Q: Who should I contact with questions?

 

Q: WHAT IS CHURCH HEALTH SCHOLARS? 

Church Health Scholars is a one-year program that aims to provide recent college graduates with thoughtful and thought-provoking work experiences at a faith-based organization serving 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. For a complete list of available positions, visit our Who are Scholars page. 

 

Q: WHO CAN BE A SCHOLAR? 

The Scholars program is open to recent four-year college graduates (0-3 years out of college) and does not hold a master's degree and is not currently enrolled in a master's program. Scholars come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have an interest in health care and are united in serving Memphis' underserved populations.  

 
Q: WHEN ARE THE APPLICATION AND DECISION PERIODS? 

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 years application dates will be updated in October. 

  • December 1, 2015 Application opens. 

  • March 1, 2016 Application deadline. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST to be considered. 

  • March – April 2016 Application review and interview process occurs. 

  • April 2016  Final decisions are made. 

  • June 2016 The 2016-17 Scholars class begins. 

 

Q: WHAT RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SCHOLARS? 

All Scholars are required to attend most or all Scholar meetings. Scholar meetings are held once a month and may include guest lecturers, team building activities, volunteer projects, hospital visits and more. Scholars may also choose to participate in other opportunities, such as the ones listed below. All Scholars are also invited to participate in the Mentor program and Certificate in Faith and Health academic program. Overall, Scholars are exposed to a devoted community of healthcare practitioners and professionals who provide innumerable resources in both tangible and intangible forms.  

 

Q: WHAT TYPE OF COMPENSATION DO SCHOLARS RECEIVE? 

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

 

Q: DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PRE-MED BACKGROUND OR EXPERIENCE IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD? 
  • A pre-med background or post baccalaureate experience is strongly encouraged for candidates interested in clinic positions. This can be fulfilled through undergraduate coursework or completion of a post-baccalaureate program.  

  • Candidates interested in our administrative or outreach positions come from diverse backgrounds that have included graphic design, health administration, marketing, English, journalism, psychology, and social sciences. 

  • Experience in health care is not required, but all applicants must have an active interest in learning about healthcare and healthcare issues.  

 

Q: DO I HAVE TO BE CHRISTIAN TO BE A SCHOLAR? 

No. Members of all belief systems are welcome to apply. The program seeks to embody the Church Health value of being WELCOMING and encourages our participants to share this value. Our doors are open to all students interested in serving the underserved. It is not required that any staff member of Church Health to identify as Christian or be active in a faith community of any form. However, the organization is a faith-centered organization and all applicants must be devoted to the mission and values. Faith plays a strong role in our work and we welcome you to join us in openly exploring how faith plays a role in your work and the community.  

 

Q: WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS? 

For questions regarding applications, please contact Maria Bownes at bownesm@churchhealth.org.  

For all other questions regarding the program, please contact Alan Swistak, Coordinator of Communities of Practice at scholaradmin@churchhealth.org.