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UM Helping High Schools Stay Connected

The University of Montevallo’s GEAR UP Jefferson County program is helping about 350 high school students stay connected with their education during social distancing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this academic year, GEAR UP partnered with eighth-grade classrooms at Fultondale High School, Tarrant High School and Fairfield High Preparatory School through its 1:1 initiative.

GEAR UP is designed to improve access, opportunities and outcomes for students from historically marginalized populations and underserved communities, particularly students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Through the 1:1 initiative, GEAR UP purchased laptops for the schools to loan to students. Learn more.


COVID-19 Student Financial Assistance

The online application process for COVID-19 student financial assistance is now active.

The University has set aside $150,000 in federal emergency funding to be distributed to students who can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply for financial assistance, visit and choose the “COVID-19 Food and Financial Assistance Application” option.

The University will be distributing the remainder of the $1.2 million in federal emergency funds directly to students. UM is awaiting guidance from the United States Department of Education on how to properly distribute those funds to students in compliance with the Federal CARES Act.


Falcon Foods Closing for June

As the University will not be selling summer meal plans, Falcon Foods will be closing at the end of the semester and will not reopen during the month of June. Falcon Foods will decide about reopening for the remainder of the summer in late June.

Falcon Foods will still offer catering service with a 48-hour advance notice to secure staffing and product, and will still be open for orientation lunches this summer. To place a catering order, contact UM Director of Dining Services Jason Quarles at 205-688-0329 or


Celebrate Our May Grads on Facebook

Help celebrate our May grads on social media this week with special profile frames. Frames will be available to apply to your Facebook profile photo beginning Wednesday, April 29.

To add a profile frame:

  1. Go to your Facebook profile and hover over your profile picture.
  2. Click “Update” and then “Add a Frame.”
  3. Search “Montevallo Grad 2020” and all options will appear.
  4. Choose the profile frame you would like to apply and then click “Use as Profile Picture” in the bottom right corner.

Special Summer 2020 Tuition Rates

Special summer tuition rates are available for undergraduate courses during May, Summer I and Summer II terms. Learn more at

If a student received financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year, they could also be eligible for summer. Please note, in most cases, the student must take six or more credit hours during the summer term(s) to receive aid, and federal aid is determined based on each individual student’s eligibility.

Students should contact the UM Student Aid Office at 205-665-6050 if they have any questions once they have received their summer financial aid offer notification.


French Courses Available Over Summer Months

The Department of English and Foreign Languages has added two Introductory French courses to the Summer 2020 class schedule:

Summer I
FRN 101-301: Introductory French, MTWRF (online), 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Summer II
FRN 102-301: Introductory French, MTWRF (online), 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.


Montevallo Alum Wins GSC Virtual Competition

University of Montevallo alum Jonathan Maloney has been voted as the Gulf South Conference Virtual Competition Champion in a competition celebrating the league’s most impressive records.

Maloney, who scored a record 24 game-winning goals in the sport of men’s soccer during his career, continuously advanced through the bracket thanks to fan and alumni support and received 51.2 percent of 1,436 votes in the Championship to edge out Valdosta State University alum Courtney Albritton’s 200 total bases in a single season in the sport of softball.

Maloney was one of two Montevallo alumni featured in the competition. Darbi Duke, who set a record with six stolen bases in a single game in the sport of softball, advanced to the Elite Eight round in the bracket.

Thank you to all students, faculty, staff and alumni who supported Maloney during the competition.


We are All Counting on You: Census 2020

Make your voice heard in the 2020 Census. It’s a safe and secure way to obtain federal funding for our state’s future. This money means better healthcare, schools, roads, job opportunities and more.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census is sent to every household in the country. The Census is a count of everyone residing in the U.S. The Census counts every person living in Alabama once, only once, and in the right place. It contains 10 simple questions and only takes six minutes to complete.

Students are counted where they spend most of their time, which means that the majority of University of Montevallo students will be counted in our community. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, Montevallo students temporarily living away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted for the state of Alabama.

Learn more at


Alumni Coffee Break

Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m., via Zoom

Take a coffee break with Alumni Affairs via an informative and social weekly video conference call. Each week, a representative from a UM office will give a few updates and we will chat.

Format: first 10-15 minutes led by topic guest (April 30 will feature UM Director of Counseling Services, Josh Miller)
followed by a Q&A for attendees to ask questions about the weekly topic for up to 15 minutes.

After topic discussion: general alumni chat for anyone who wants to stick around and talk.

Giving Tuesday Now

Tuesday, May 5, all day, online
Join us on UM official social media channels for #GivingTuesdayNow, a National Day of Giving to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. UM will be using this day to raise funds for the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. Your help is needed to meet increased urgent needs for our students. Gifts to this fund will ensure the University is able to help students who are struggling due to unexpected financial hardships related to COVID-19.

Student Highlights

UM sophomore tennis player Whitney Hamilton has been named the 2020 Gulf South Conference Spring Women’s Tennis Champion Scholar Athlete. Read more.

Dakota Patrick was recently named UM’s 2020 Student Employee of the Year. Patrick works in the Student Life office. More information on this award is available at UM’s Student Employment webpage.

Junior Georg Trompler appeared at No. 20 in the NCAA Division II South Region singles rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on April 15. Eleven players from the Gulf South Conference and nine players from the Sunshine State Conference made up the regional top 20 list.

The Student Publications Committee is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 student editors:

  • Montage – William Wallace
  • The Alabamian – Zoe Hall
  • The Tower – Jamie Howell

Congratulations editors!

Special thanks to the 2019-2020 editors, Elliot Eguia, Waid Jones and Makayla Wright for their hard work and service to UM student publications.

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