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Michigan Tech Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Support the McNair Scholars Program

The U.S. Department of Education supports Michigan Tech’s Ronald E. McNair Postbachelorette Achievement Program with a 1.3 million dollar grant. Michigan Tech’s McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students from historically under represented demographics and first generation university students for doctoral studies, through research and scholarly activities. The grant from the Department of Education is spread over a five year period, and will distribute over a quarter million dollars each year to support minority students pursue doctoral studies. The McNair Scholars Program is one of over 150 TRIO program at various universities around the country. TRIO programs help students prepare for the academic demands of pursuing graduate education. Ronald E. McNair, the namesake of the program, was the first African American to embark on an outer space mission with NASA. He tragically lost his life, alongside six other crew members, during the failed Challenger Shuttle launch in 1986. Michigan Tech plans to release more information in January for students interested in the program. Read more about the McNair Scholars Program at mtu.edu/news.

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