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Beloit's McNair Program secures five more years of funding

September 27, 2017

Beloit’s McNair Scholar Program funded for the next five years

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Beloit College’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program has once again received funding for its program. The grant of $232,265 is renewable for five years.

Beloit’s McNair program began its 21st year at the college this Fall.The program is named for Ronald E. McNair, a physicist and NASA astronaut who died in 1986 during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the federally funded program promotes diversity in academe and is one of eight TRIO programs. McNair has been funded through competitive U.S. Department of Education grants since 1989, and Beloit is one of 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico to receive funding.

“McNair got me through my PhD. This funding means for the next five years, we’ll continue to build up our students using asset-based approaches,” said Atiera Coleman, director and 2010 graduate of Beloit’s McNair Scholars Program.

To date, 12 percent of all of Beloit’s McNair Scholars have completed a doctorate in the decade since graduating, and 81 have received master’s degrees. More than 20 of Beloit’s McNair Scholars are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs.

“Through this renewal, McNair becomes a shining example of programming that works to successfully prepare first generation, low-income, and minority students to attend graduate school. It is an example of what happens when you center the work of equity at all times,” said Nicole Truesdell, senior director of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness and 2003 graduate of the program.