*** Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2015-16 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows here***


Founded in 1994, the North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program is dedicated to developing a corps 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.


December 15, 2015
NC Fellows overcome obstacles in launching dental clinic

November 23, 2015
Carolinas HealthCare System CEO Report

November 12, 2015
Addressing Disparities: Schweitzer Fellows serve others, gain leadership skills

October 8, 2015
Helping senioros keep their balance

September 24, 2015
Overcoming barriers for Spanish-speaking patients in North Carolina

September 24, 2015
Advocating for Patients and Reducing Disparities

September 24, 2015
Overcoming Barriers for Spanish-Speaking Patients In North Carolina

July 27, 2015
“Chronic Disease Management Class Empowers Patients to Take Control of Their Health” (Post for the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research blog about Fellow Rebecca Flint’s project)

June 19, 2015
Four Wake Forest Baptist Medical Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

June 9, 2015
ASF Facebook photo album of Project Promise by Fellows Rivers Woodward and Brittany Papworth

May 22, 2014
UNC School of Dentristry Facebook post on our blog post about Fellows Mackenzie Hatfield and Eleni Boukas

May 14, 2015
School of Medicine Celebrates Class of 2015

March 19, 2015
ASF blog post on Fellows Laura Cone and Stephanie Kiser

April 10, 2015
UNC med students promote healthy living at Stanback

April 23, 2015
ASF blog post about Fellows’ work with refugees and new immigrants

Feb. 19, 2015
Creating Future Scientists

Feb. 20, 2015
Recapping Community Service and Advocacy Day

March 2, 2015
ASF Facebook photo album of Fellow Kate Magee’s project

March 3, 2015
ASF Facebook photo album of Fellows Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodward’s work with rural high school students

March 11, 2015
ASF blog post about UNC Service Day

Oct. 24, 2013
Academic Excellence: For WSSU Schweitzer Fellows It’s a Matter of Balance

Aug. 16, 2013
Independence Days: Helping Older Adults Remain Fit

May 23, 2013
Serving Up Aces In Durham, North Carolina

May 2, 2013
In North Carolina, Implementing a Brain Fitness Program For Those Living With Alzheimer’s

March 13, 2013
In Art, Lessons for Life

July 31, 2012
Kids Play Doctor at Duke

May 24, 2012
Six WSSU Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

May 11, 2012
ECU Students Give Back Through Schweitzer Fellowships

“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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