Overview of the McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, more commonly referred to as the McNair Scholars Program, awards grants to institutions of higher learning for projects designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement with research and other scholarly activities. The program targets low-income, first generation students, or members of groups that are underrepresented in certain academic disciplines.

The McNair Scholars Program at Concord University

The Concord University McNair Scholars provides access to training and resources designed to make the transition into graduate school smooth and successful. Through workshops, counseling, and other services, the Program helps Scholars sharpen their academic skills, prepare for the GRE and apply to graduate schools.

During the summer between their sophomore and junior years, Scholars begin working on research projects under the supervision of their faculty mentors. Scholars begin their Summer Internship with an intensive series of workshops on research methods. Workshops are offered throughout the year on topics such as personal skills, presentation skills and preparation for graduate school. Scholars have the opportunity to attend academic conferences to present their research and their research projects are published in the Concord McNair Journal. Scholars receive assistance applying for graduate school, and locating funding for graduate school. Additional benefits include scholarship agreements with Marshall and West Virginia University, and application waivers at some institutions.

The Concord McNair Program recruits Scholars from Concord University, West Virginia State College, West Virginia Institute of Technology and Bluefield State College. The Concord McNair Program was initiated in 1995, and is funded through 2003. 96 Scholars have participated in the program since its inception. As of Fall 2000, 22 Scholars are attending graduate school. Scholars are in graduate school at West Virginia University, Ohio State, Kent State, Virginia Tech, University of Cinncinati, Radford University, Marshall, and Central Illinois University.

TRIO Programs

The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. TRIO includes five distinct outreach programs targeted to serve and assist students as they progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through college or university. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects. For more information regarding the TRIO programs visit the Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov/.