Dr. Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986) was America's second African-American astronaut in space and was killed in the Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986.
Dr. McNair, despite having come from a low-income household, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A & T University in 1971. Just five short years later, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. McNair was the first in his family to graduate from college and obtain a doctorate.
The Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program is one of the Federal TRIO Programs designed to assist undergraduate students that come from low-income households, are first-generation college students, and/or are members of an under-represented ethnic group in graduate school.
This scholarship assists in preparation for doctoral studies through various scholarly activities. Students apply who would like to receive financial support for conducting research and who would like to work one on one with a faculty mentor and members of program staff.