Widow of Challenger crew member Ronald McNair to speak at ACU dinner

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2001

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Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations

Cheryl M. McNair, widow of astronaut, physicist and Challenger crew member Dr. Ronald E. McNair, will speak at Abilene Christian University's McNair Scholars program annual banquet April 12.

The banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Hilton Room of ACU's McGlothlin Campus Center. It is conducted each spring to honor students participating in the McNair Scholars program at ACU. To make reservations to attend the banquet, call 674-2667.

The McNair Scholars program is a federally-funded program designed to provide certain students with effective preparation for doctoral study. Students who meet the criteria for the program must be either a first-generation college student and low-income, or come from groups underrepresented in graduate schools nationwide.

The centerpiece of the program for participating students is a summer research project. Each summer more than 20 scholars engage in an internship and receive a stipend for their effort.

The McNair Scholars program has been offered at ACU since 1995.

"The purpose has been and continues to be to provide enriching scholastic experiences that prepare eligible scholars for doctoral education," said Dr. Gordon Dowell, ACU's McNair Scholars program manager. "Participants are given the unique opportunity to develop the highest level of academic and research skills needed for successful admission to and completion of a doctoral program."


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