Grow American Outdoors at College

University of Montevallo

University of MontevalloThe President’s Outdoor Scholar program at the University of Montevallo (UM) offers a unique opportunity where like-minded students enjoy the great outdoors, conduct course work on the environment and related academics, then join with faculty, students, staff, administrators and the community to solve environmental problems through their work on campus.

For students that have a passion and interest in outdoor pursuits, UM offers this special highway into the future of the outdoors with wildlife management and conservation at the root of academic study.

With courses that involve strategies for fishing and hunting, game preparation, guided trips to learn afield with outdoor professionals and progress in developing conservation fields, a new academic passion for what lives outdoors is defined.

Partial Tuition Scholarships are available through the UM Foundation for Students who have distinguished accomplishments in outdoor sports and demonstrated a personal commitment to conservation. UM students have a motto that hits home today, “We wear Purple and Gold, but we think Green!”

Students at UM conduct field studies at Ebenezer Swamp, a wooded UM wetland of 60 acres located near the University in central Alabama. Students find an ecologically diverse and environmentally sensitive watershed there that offers the longest remaining free-flowing river (Cabana) with more species of fish per mile than any river in North America. The river is one of eight biodiversity waterway hotspots in the United States. UM has high goals that include raising the profile of the ecologic importance of wetlands to high school and middle school students, as well, while simultaneously providing a sound introduction to the underlying principles that help understand the science of the outdoors at the college level.

For more information on the President’s Outdoor Scholar program at UM, contact William Crawford, Station 6215, Montevallo, AL, 35115, telephone: (205) 665-6216, email: wcrawford1@montevallo.edu.