Updated: Jul 6, 2021
Since our CEO, Patrick Thomas, is also an HBCU grad (Howard University), it was such a pleasure for our team to create this highlight video for Morehouse College McNair Scholars Program - a scholarship program named for astronaut Dr. Ronald McNair who died in the 1986 Challenger Explosion.
The McNair Scholars Program encourages low-income and first-generation college students and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to expand their educational opportunities by enrolling in a Ph.D. program and ultimately pursuing an academic career. We designed our program specifically for STEM majors. We are a year-round graduate school preparatory program with an eight-week summer research component designed to prepare first-generation undergraduates demonstrating the strong academic potential for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The program provides research opportunities, faculty mentors, opportunities to publish and present research findings, and assistance with the graduate school application process.
The U.S. Department of Education fully funded the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and named it in honor of Dr. Ronald McNair, an African American astronaut. He died in the 1986 Challenger explosion. President George W. Bush posthumously awarded McNair the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
On January 28, 1986, Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The late Dr. Rubye J. Byrd, the Morehouse College TRIO director for 40 years, was instrumental in fighting for this program to receive funding.
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