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Applications now being accepted for McNair Scholars program

January 20, 2023


Student applications are now being accepted at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant through U.S. Department of Education.

Known as the McNair Scholars Program, this is a TRIO program that supports the development of research skills and expected graduate school enrollment of a group of select students.

Southeastern received the grant for the first time late last year.

The McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is one of eight federally funded TRIO programs offered within universities and colleges throughout the nation. TRIO programs offer both outreach and academic support services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who need assistance navigating the academic pipeline from high school to post-secondary education.

Students may apply online at www.se.edu/mcnair

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program was created in his honor by the U.S. Department of Education in 1989. Dr. McNair was one of seven crew members killed in the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986.

Darla Ellett, Director, Student Support Services/Project Teach, serves as Director of the McNair Program, and Sierra Downs is the program coordinator.

The McNair Scholars Program at Southeastern is designed to provide 25 underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students with mentoring from staff and faculty, academic counseling, tutoring, and opportunities to conduct and present research. Through seminars, lectures, and a summer research institute geared to providing information on applying to graduate school, teaching assistantships, and developing a research-based thesis, SE’s McNair Scholars will be prepared to successfully  complete  graduate school studies. Scholars are encouraged to continue through the attainment of the Ph.D.

For more information about the program, contact Ellett at 580-745-3306 dellett@se.edu or Downs at 580-745-2394 sdowns@se.edu.