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