Young Scholars Program

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American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Young Scholars Program is now accepting applications from high school juniors and seniors, as well as college freshmen and sophomores, in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee for its 2021 session! Designed for students interested in a career in science, the Young Scholars program pairs participants with an ACC member mentor for a year of research and education about cardiology and cardiovascular disease.

Apply by Dec. 31, 2020 Questions? Contact Alexandra DiTommaso at

About the Young Scholars Program
The Young Scholars program is an initiative of ACC’s Academic Cardiology Member Section and local State Chapters that aims to provide promising young students with an introduction to the field of cardiology and strengthen the pipeline of talent for the future.

The program will kick off at ACC’s Annual Scientific Session (ACC.21) in Atlanta on March 20, 2021,* where students will have the chance to meet scientists from around the world, sit in on sessions, and explore the Expo floor to visit exhibitor booths. For a year following ACC.21, Young Scholars will also work virtually – through regularly scheduled webinars and Webex/Zoom calls – with a faculty mentor on a research project.

Program participants also have the opportunity to visit a local hospital or attend ACC State Chapter meetings throughout the year.*

Not in the Southeast? You can still apply to take part in the Young Scholars Program's virtual meetings and online conversations.

Interested students should apply by December 31, 2020, for a chance to get a firsthand look at a life in cardiovascular medicine and the challenges faced by researchers and health care professionals caring for patients with a variety of cardiovascular diseases!

Please contact Alexandra DiTommaso at with any questions.

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology (ACC), is a medical professional organization composed of more than 54,000 cardiovascular professionals around the world – physicians, nurses, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and more – dedicated to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

Cardiology Magazine Image ACC Young Scholars visit Tulane University Medical Center and Dr. Robert Hendel
Cardiology Magazine ImageYoung Scholar Program participants at Ochsner Medical Center with ACC Louisiana Chapter Governor Dr. Sangeeta Shah and colleagues
Cardiology Magazine Image Young Scholar Program participants at Ochsner Medical Center with ACC Louisiana Chapter Governor Dr. Sangeeta Shah and colleagues
Cardiology Magazine Image The inaugural 2019 class of Young Scholars with ACC members and faculty
Cardiology Magazine Image The 2019 class of ACC Young Scholars
Cardiology Magazine Image Young Scholars and Dr. Jacqueline Tamis-Holland visit the Expo at ACC.19 in New Orleans
Cardiology Magazine Image Attending the wildly popular ACC Fellow in Training (FIT) Jeopardy competition at ACC.19
Cardiology Magazine Image The ACC.19 Expo floor
Cardiology Magazine Image The ACC booth on the Expo floor

* Complimentary travel to ACC.21 and State Chapter meetings is limited to participants in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The safety and well-being of Young Scholars is a priority of the ACC. All in-person activities and participation in connection with the Young Scholars Program are subject to the conditions in the relevant location at the time of the event, and the ACC reserves the right to determine that any or all in-person activities will be virtual upon notice to Young Scholars. If events are held in-person, Young Scholars are not required to attend ACC.21 or State Chapter meetings in-person in order to participate in the Program. Students who are unable or uncomfortable traveling to in-person events are still encouraged to apply! The ACC is not responsible for and hereby disclaims any and all liability arising from in-person attendance at the Young Scholars Program.