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HSI Scholars Program

Supporting students who are committed to diminishing health inequities in Latino communities
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Hispanic Scholars: Building Bridges Across the Diversity Gap

The Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program invests in aspiring Hispanic researchers and health care professionals. Undergraduate students enrolled in biomedical and health sciences at HSIs participate in academic and career-enriching experiences for a full academic year. Scholars, with the support of the American Heart Association, and committed and impactful mentors, learn about health disparities in Hispanic communities, how cultural sensitivity can provide safe and reassuring clinical spaces, and how inclusivity is essential in science.

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

HSI Scholars Past and Present

Access to education is a key factor in building better health equity across the country. Learn more about our current scholars and alumni.
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Venezuelan-born sisters keep dream of becoming doctors alive: Helped by American Heart Association’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program

After fleeing their home country of Venezuela for the U.S. three years ago, sisters Andrea and María Jesus Vásquez are diligently and passionately pursuing their common dream — to become doctors. And the AHA’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program is helping them get one step closer.

Read more about the Vásquez sisters

Millennial Women Talk Podcast:

How to begin a career in STEM with the HSI Scholars of 2021

Hosts and sisters, Stephanie and Melissa Carcache, introduce the American Heart Association’s HSI Scholars Program and talk about why it’s important, especially to the Latino community. In this episode, 2021 HSI Scholars share their inspiring journeys into their careers in STEM, focusing on how they overcame the hardships faced and what it means to be Latinos in the field. Also available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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HSI Scholars Program Mentors: A Key Piece of the Puzzle

Volunteer mentors are an essential element of our HSI Scholars Program. By sharing their time with our talented and influential scholars, mentors make a long-lasting impact on the next generation of Hispanic biomedical science and health care professionals. By investing in our Hispanic scholars, we’re also investing in the future impact and transformation they will be a part of in communities that have historically greater health risks.

Want to become a volunteer mentor?
Email Mitzi Cardona for more information.

AHA's HSI Scholars Program 2021 scholar, Angie Matute, with her event presentation
Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program 2021 medals

Contact Us

Funding opportunities to expand the Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program are available and welcome. If you would like more information, please reach out. We'd love to hear from you!

Email Mitzi Cardona

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated through the Quest Diagnostics Foundation provided the American Heart Association with financial and other support for the Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program.

AHA Scholars Program

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


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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 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.


Three underrepresented students - two females one male - from Boston University - SURE scholars
A unique summer research program for underrepresented college students interested in stem careers.