Rural Minority Health Scholars Program

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Program Overview

The Rural Minority Health Scholars Program is a five-week summer program for current high school seniors who plan to enter college in the next academic year. The students live on The University of Alabama campus and take a general chemistry course; attend tutorials, seminars and field trips to rural medical facilities; and shadow African-American physicians from their hometowns. The objective of this program is to increase the number of minority students from rural Alabama who qualify for admission to medical school through the Rural Medical Scholars Program.

  • Academics
    Participants will enroll in introductory science course with a lab. Students will also attend special seminars related to health care, study sessions, and take part in field trips to a major medical center and local rural health care facilities.
  • Cost
    Tuition, books, housing and a meal card are provided by financial support from the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board. Participants will be responsible for their transportation to and from the program and personal expenses.
  • Dates
    May 26 – June 28, 2019
  • Housing
    Participants will reside on campus. Males and females will be housed separately in a residence hall with gender specific counselors assigned to each group. For the students’ safety and security, a sign-in/sign-out system will be used. Curfew and quiet hours for study time are established and enforced.
  • Leisure/Social Opportunities
    Daily recreation opportunities are available, as well as regularly scheduled group social activities. All group activities and social events are required. Students will be allowed to use the student recreation center and other recreational facilities around campus.


  • What is the Rural Minority Health Scholars Program?
    The Rural Minority Health Scholars Program (RMHSP) was initiated in 2001 to increase the number of minority students from rural Alabama who qualify for admission to medical school through the Rural Medical Scholars Program. RMHSP is a five-week summer program for current high school seniors from rural Alabama who plan to attend college in the next academic year. Scholars will live on campus, take classes and tutorials to enhance knowledge and test taking skills so that they can achieve competitive scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Where do participants stay?
    Participants will reside in campus housing. Females and males may be housed on the same floor but in separate suites.
  • What is the cost of the program?
    Tuition, room, meal tickets, and books will be provided at no cost to the participants. The only cost to those selected will be a $50 application fee and spending money. The program is made possible by State of Alabama Legislature through the Family Practice Rural Health Board.
  • Can I go home on the weekend?
    Participants are not required to stay over the weekend but can if they wish. However, anytime you leave campus you must let a counselor know your destination. There will be a sign in/out board located in a central location for this purpose.
  • Who are the counselors?
    Counselors are former participants of the program and currently enrolled pre-med students at The University of Alabama. Counselors are there to help conduct tutorial sessions, plan activities, be a mentor and provide guidance.
  • How long will I be in class each day?
    Participants attend each day from 8 am to 12 pm. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays participants will have a lab. Mondays and Fridays are for seminars and field trips.
  • What can we do for fun?
    Participants will have access to all the recreational facilities on campus, which include a state of the art weight room, indoor swimming pool, a lazy river with slide and basketball court. The counselors will also plan activities.


If you have further questions please contact Cynthia Moore at or 205-348-3116.