Rural Minority Health Scholars Program

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Program Information

The Rural Minority Health Scholars Program is a five-week summer program for recent high school graduates 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 Health Scholars Program.

Dates of the Program

May 28 — June 28, 2017

  • Current senior in high school who plans to attend college in the fall
  • Have a B average or 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Taken the ACT (minimum score of 21, but those with at least a 20 are encouraged to apply) or SAT (minimum score of 1000)
  • Reside in a rural Alabama community for at least five years
  • Have a desire to return to rural Alabama

Participants are selected based on their interests, motivation and personal qualities most suited for becoming future physicians and other health professionals in a rural community. For this reason applicants are asked for:

  • A statement of interest
  • Information concerning academic experiences and achievement
  • At least two letters of recommendation (one must be from someone familiar with the student’s academic record)
Academic Opportunities

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.

Residential Opportunities

Participants will live in a University residential hall and eat in University dining halls. 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.


Tuition and books expenses are provided by financial support from the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board, The University of Alabama and Friends of Rural Alabama. Participants will be responsible for their transportation to and from the program and personal expenses.


Download, and return the application by March 1. The program is limited to 10 students.

Rural Minority Health Scholars Program application


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 recent high school graduates 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 University housing for the five weeks. Females and males will be housed in the building but on separate floors. The building the program will be housed in will determine if there will be community showers and bathrooms.

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 admission application fee to The University of Alabama, a fee for a parking decal (if you bring a car or truck) and spending money. The program is made possible by State of Alabama Legislature through the Family Practice Rural Health Board, The University of Alabama and Project EXPORT.

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 boards 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 are in class each morning from 8 am until 12 pm. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you will be in chemistry lab from 2 -5 pm. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons you will be attending seminars and/or shadowing a physician.

What can we do for fun?

Participants can use 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. This past summer students participated in a talent show, a scavenger hunt, had an ice cream social, a game and a movie night.

How do I apply?

Print the application and instructions from the website. Complete the application, sign it, and mail it along with your letters of recommendation, a transcript, a copy of your ACT/SAT scores and essay to the address given in the instructions essay.

What are the requirements to apply?
  • Will graduate from high school this school term
  • Have a B average (3.0/4.0) and earned at least 20 on the ACT or 950 on SAT
  • Reside in one of the Black Belt counties (preference given but not required)
  • Been a resident of Alabama for at least five years
  • Have a desire to return to your community or one similar to your community when you have completed your studies


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