*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2014-15 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows here.***


Founded in 1994, the North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program is dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.

Lead by longtime Program Chair, Dr. Trisha White (1984 Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellow) and supported by several generous funders, Schweitzer Fellows in North Carolina—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health across the state.

To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in North Carolina entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page. Click Here to download an informational one-pager about the North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!


Nearly 300 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 59,000 hours of service to North Carolina’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with area community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of health needs through sustainable projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives:

• A free physical therapy clinic for people with no access to rehabilitative services in Winston-Salem. Faculty and students at Winston-Salem State School of Physical Therapy staff the clinic.
• A free bimonthly HIV clinic at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham that is being sustained by UNC School of Medicine students and the Student Health Action Coalition
• A healing arts program for end-of-life patients at Project Compassion in Chapel Hill that is being supported by Duke School of Medicine students
• A yoga-based stress reduction class at El Futuro, an organization in Carrboro that helps Latinos who have mental health and addiction illnesses. A class participant is being formally trained to teach the class

Please see Fellows and Projects for a complete listing of Fellows’ service projects, which are made possible by our generous sponsors. When Fellows’ initial year of service ends, they carry their commitment to meeting the health needs of underserved people forward as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, now more than 2,000 strong.


“This Fellowship (and the writings of Albert Schweitzer) showed me that I was happiest encouraging empowerment, education, and health of the entire population […] I hope to go back to my community (or any other) and empower them to control their own destiny. I want to be in the trenches working to make any community I am a part of self-sufficient and self-reliant. I aspire one day to have done a fraction of what Dr. Schweitzer did, but only here in my home state of North Carolina.” –Schweitzer Fellow Crystal Bowe, North Carolina“There are moments in my Fellowship that I will never forget for the rest of my life.  I had always gone abroad to have those “aha” moments where you see how differently people are living.  The experience showed me how much help people need here, in our neighborhoods, I don’t have to go halfway around the world to feel like I am filling a need.” –Schweitzer Fellow Courteney MacKuen, North Carolina
Barbara Heffner, Program Director
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program
Post Office Box 1636
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-6506

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