Education and Human Development

Rural Recruitment Scholarship

The College of Education and Human Development at the University of Montevallo has committed to increasing the number of highly qualified teachers to serve in targeted rural public schools by offering the new Rural Recruitment Scholarship to support and prepare students to teach in rural schools.

Scholarship awards are structured according to a sliding scale, where the amount of scholarship received determines the required service teaching time after program completion. The amount is a one-time award.

Scholarship Amount Required Service Teaching Term
$2,500 One (1) full calendar year
$5,000 Two (2) full calendar years
$10,000 Three (3) full calendar years

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A University of Montevallo professor speaks with a student in a classroom discussion.To be eligible for a scholarship, UM undergraduate students must be unconditionally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Transfer students will be conditionally awarded the scholarship pending admission to TEP. UM graduate students eligible for the scholarship must be seeking an Alternative Master’s Degree.

Recipients will be provided with opportunities for additional training and activities to support their understanding of the unique challenges and strengths that rural schools possess. Full award recipients are also required to participate in community service. Scholarships are structured according to a sliding scale where the amount of scholarship received determines the required teaching service time after the program’s completion.

In addition, all recipients must begin the required teaching service within 12 months of certification and receive Alabama State Department of Education certification within six months of the originally expected graduate date.

This program includes all rural school systems in Alabama. The Central Alabama rural school systems covered under this scholarship umbrella include: Bibb County Schools, Chilton County Schools and select Shelby County Schools – Elvin Hill Elementary, Shelby Elementary, Vincent Elementary, Vincent Middle High and Wilsonville Elementary.