Concord University’s Mcnair Scholars Program Receives $1.26 Million Grant

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 20 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Office of Advancement Nov. 21, 2012
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University’s McNair Scholars Program has received a five year grant totaling $1.26 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant funds the program through September 2017.

According to the Council for Opportunity in Education, only 75 percent of the nation’s current McNair Programs were refunded. The Department of Education also chose not to fund any new programs.

Concord University’s McNair proposal was one of a select few to receive a perfect score. Dr. Rodney Klein, director of the McNair Scholars Program and professor of psychology, serves as the principal investigator.

Since its inception in 1995, Concord’s McNair Scholars Program has served more than 250 students. Twenty-three Scholars have earned doctoral degrees, including five who have earned a Ph.D., and 57 have earned master’s degrees. Four more Scholars are expected to earn a Ph.D. within the next two years.

The McNair Scholars Program provides enriching experiences to prepare undergraduates from Concord University, Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University for the graduate school application process and the graduate school experience. This preparation includes a research internship, seminars and workshops, interactions with faculty and the opportunity to attend and present research at national and regional meetings. Participants also visit prospective graduate programs in the region, such as Virginia Tech, Marshall University, East Tennessee State University, Ohio University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

By participating in the program, McNair Scholars may receive academic credit for their research, access to graduate application fee waivers, and a research stipend of up to $2800.

The McNair Scholars Program recruits sophomores and juniors from all academic fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have at least a 2.80 cumulative grade point average, and meet additional eligibility criteria. For more information, contact the McNair Office at or (304) 384-5153.