Concord Student Receives 2008 McNair Award

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 11 2009

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Concord Student Receives 2008 McNair Award

Athens, W.Va. –Concord graduate, Marsha Edwards from True, class of 2007, received the 2008 McNair Above and Beyond Award for exceptional academic achievement and exemplifying certain characteristics of a McNair Scholar.

The McNair Scholars program is federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

“Marsha showed qualities of being a good, diligent worker, and she maintained her aspirations of going to graduate school,” Dr. Rodney Klein, director of the McNair Scholars Program said.

This award, which was given in a ceremony Tuesday, September 23, 2008, is a way to give special recognition to McNair Scholars who have gone “above and beyond” their required work and expectations.

“We knew when we signed Edwards up for the McNair Program that she wouldn’t have very long to complete her research,” Klein said. “She only had one more semester after the summer to complete her project when normally, students have another year.”

Her research project was on “Professional’s Views on Play Therapy,” which she presented at the 2007 Southwest Rocky Mountain McNair Research Conference in New Mexico and also at a summer conference in Niagara Falls.

Edwards accepted a position with the Child Protective Services unit of an area Division of Health and Human Resources office after graduation. She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.