Allison Montgomery, a recent graduate of the College of Community Health Sciences’s current Rural Medical Scholars class, was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest honor given to a University of Alabama student as a recognition of excellence in character and service to humanity.
Montgomery, of Talladega, Ala., is a Biology major and will enroll in the University of Alabama School of Medicine next year. She plans a career as a physician in rural Alabama, which has a shortage of primary care and family medicine physicians.
The Rural Medical Scholars program is exclusively for rural Alabama students who want to become physicians and practice in rural communities. The program includes a year of study, after students receive their undergraduate degree, that leads to a master’s degree in Rural Community Health, and provides early admission to the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Rural Medical Scholars spend their first two years of medical school at the School of Medicine’s main campus in Birmingham and then return to the College for their final two years of clinical education.
Montgomery is a member of the UA Blackburn Institute and XXXI, a women’s honorary organization at UA. She has served as president of the Mortar Board honor society and in the Student Government Association.
As director of the SGA’s Sunday Service Initiative, she oversaw student efforts for tornado relief in Tuscaloosa in 2011, and traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic on medical service trips. Montgomery was also UA’s 2014 homecoming queen.