The U.S. Department of Education recently renewed grant funding for the Augsburg College McNair Scholars Program; the College from 2012 to 2017 will receive $220,000 on an annual basis, for a total award of $1.1 million.
The TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program—or McNair Scholars Program—is a federal grant-funded graduate school preparatory program with a mission to prepare first-generation, low income, and underrepresented students for doctoral study. The program provides opportunities for participants to develop the advanced academic skills necessary for graduate school admission and successful graduate study.
The renewed funding for Augsburg’s McNair Scholars Program will be paired with additional sponsorship from the College so the program may continue serving eligible students through rigorous engagement in undergraduate research and scholarly activity.
The McNair Scholars Program was created by the U.S. Congress in honor of Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut and physicist who was among the first African Americans in the U.S. space program. McNair Scholars at Augsburg College receive both a research and room-and-board stipend, which allows them to take part in the program. Augsburg students who are interested in participating should visit the McNair Scholars Program office in Science Hall room 152.
Nearly a dozen Augsburg College McNair Scholars presented their research at the University of California, Berkeley this past summer.