Minority Teacher Recruitment Project

MTRP Group

Since 1985, the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP) has been addressing the shortage of minority teachers in our nation's classrooms. The program is a partnership among the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the schools of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

We focus on recruiting minority teacher candidates who will strive to incorporate the values, learning styles, and multiple cultural perspectives reflected in today's public schools.

MTRP helps hundreds of students realize their goal of becoming certified teachers in Kentucky's schools by providing career guidance, course advising, professional development seminars, and financial assistance.

Our programs are designed to:

  • Increase the number of highly qualified minority teachers in elementary, middle and secondary schools in the JCPS and the state.
  • Identify and recruit middle and high school students who are interested in teaching.
  • Recruit students at community colleges and support their transition to a four-year institution.
  • Recruit professionals seeking a career change to the teaching field and support their enrollment in one of our graduate teacher preparation programs.

Our Mission

The Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP), in collaboration with the University of Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), endeavors to alleviate teacher shortages at all levels by increasing minority teacher representatives for the progressively diverse status of our nation, Kentucky, and the Louisville metropolitan area. MTRP supports the University and the College of Education and Human Development in improving the accessibility of quality teacher preparation by providing financial and academic assistance, as well as professional development to undergraduate and graduate minority students. In addition, MTRP aims to engage students at the middle and high school levels through programming and academic enrichment opportunities to enhance their academic success at the collegiate level, and to further promote minority teacher recruitment for our communities.

Programs We Offer

MTRP provides programs to support growth in minority teacher recruitment for participants from middle school to college ages and beyond.

The TeacherBridge program assists minority students enrolled in community colleges who wish to continue their education and obtain a Bachelor's degree and teacher certification at UofL.

Minority Teacher Scholarship Program

Scholarships of up to $5,000 annually are available to qualifying full-time undergraduate and graduate students of color pursuing initial teacher certification at UofL. To apply, you must provide the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Resumé
  • Brief (one to two pages), typed, double-spaced essay, "Why I Want to Teach"
  • Complete set of official transcripts from high school or all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters from relatives will not be considered)

Submit all materials by May 1 for Fall Semester or November 1 for Spring Semester.

Who Should Apply

  • Minority students who want to make a difference in the lives of children, particularly those in our urban schools. Applicants should be willing to challenge old assumptions, explore new approaches to learning, and work energetically toward a rewarding career in the teaching profession.
  • Undergraduates who are interested in a teaching career and have completed their bachelor's degree in either the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the School of Music or the Department of Health and Promotion, Physical Education and Sport Studies.
  • Applicants should be prepared to make an intense commitment to the education program and be able to devote full time to student teaching during the spring semester of the program.