River City Partnership Scholars Undergraduate

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The River City Partnership Bachelor of Science in Education provides in-coming college freshman with a unique opportunity to experience and explore teaching in Memphis public schools.

The four-year program will equip scholars to teach in the Shelby County School District of Achievement School District by providing:

  • Bachelor of Science in Teaching Degree with Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education
  • River City Scholarship Opportunities
  • Specialized course sections that emphasize culturally-relevant pedagogy, equity, and social justice
  • Cohort model
  • PRAXIS Preparation Seminar
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Specific on-the-job mentoring and coaching after graduation
  • Opportunity for eligible Teaching Fellows to participate in I AM A MAN. . . I Teach

Become a RCP Teacher Scholar

Please contact our Director, Dr. Erica Hernandez-Scott>, to submit applications to the Undergraduate River City Partnership Sedgwick Scholars Scholarship. Click here to Download Application>.

Step 1: Apply to the UofM as a freshman
Step 2: Apply to the River City Partnership Teacher Scholars Award.

Apply to the Scholarship >

Scholarship applications should be submitted to rivercitycoe@memphis.edu and/or mailed to 215 Ball Hall ATTN: River City, 3798 Walker Ave Memphis, TN 38152

Award Criteria

  • Completed application.
  • Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and/or a 21 ACT score.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Two letters from school officials (e.g., teacher, principal, school counselor, coach) and one from a community member (who is not a relative).
  • Eligible applicants must submit a 250-word essay that describes their interest in teaching in Shelby County Schools or the Achievement School District. Applicants may respond to one of the following questions:
    • What or who inspires you to become a teacher in Shelby County Schools or the Achievement School District?
    • How will you demonstrate that you are driven by excellence and committed to teaching in Shelby County Schools or the Achievement School District?

Program of Study

View the Bachelor of Science program of study> to see the required courses and course sequence for the Teacher Scholars program.

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