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McNair Scholars Program

2017 McNair Scholars

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society; either first-generation college students with financial need, and/or members of a group underrepresented in graduate education. McNair participants have demonstrated strong academic potential and will prepare for graduate study through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The McNair Scholars Program was created by the U.S. Congress in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut and physicist who was among the first African Americans in the U.S. space program.

  • Annually, 26 undergraduates participate in the Augsburg McNair Scholars Program.
  • Two-thirds of the participants meet federal income guidelines and are from a family in which neither parent graduated from a four-year post-secondary educational institution.
  • One-third of the participants may be from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate studies. (The federal government defines “underrepresented” to include: Black (non-Hispanic); Hispanic (Latino); and American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.)

UPDATE: The Augsburg University Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was just notified the grant was approved for the next five years (2017-2022). This signifies the McNair Scholars Program, a federal TRIO program, will be funded $232,262 annually by the U.S. Department of Education (slight fluctuations are dependent on congressional decisions). Staff: Full-time Director, full-time Assistant Director, and ten Faculty Mentors.