MERR Loan Forgiveness Program
The Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention (MERR) Loan Forgiveness Program provides financial assistance for minority students enrolled in teacher education programs at Kentucky's public universities and community colleges. The MERR Program was authorized at the 1992 Kentucky General Assembly to address a shortage of minority teachers, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics.
Eligible students may receive up to $20,000 of financial support to be spread over 8 academic semesters. Acceptance of this aid involves the signature of a promissory note agreeing to obtain a Kentucky teaching certificate and to teach one semester in a Kentucky public school for each semester of funding received. Each semester taught in high-need areas forgives a full year of the loan.
This loan must still be repayed if a recipient fails to meet these conditions, does not complete their respective degree, changes their major field of study, or is not able to secure a teaching placement upon graduation.
MERR Progam recipients at Murray State University are required to participate in the Emerging Scholars Institute for the first year of their award. This Institute, presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, provides students with unique opportunities, including guest speaker presentations, community service experiences, additional preparation for certification exams, and numerous networking possibilities.
The College of Education and Human Services maintains approximately 22 MERR students at any given time. These positions are selective and highly desired due to their benefit to students. Recipients of this honor, in turn, become more marketable professionals within the teaching industry.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Raymond Sims
Coordinator of Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention
1009 Alexander Hall
Murray, KY 42071