ACU McNair Scholars Program funding renewed

Posted September 14, 2012

Designed to provide qualified college students with effective preparation for doctoral study, the ACU McNair Scholars Program has recently had its funding renewed for another five years.

The grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education will provide the university with approximately $1.1 million over five years to support 27 low-income, first-generation and underrepresented undergraduate students in their participation in research and other scholarly activities. The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds for graduate studies, culminating in the attainment of doctoral degrees. 

Scott Self will serve as the acting director for 2012-13. “Since the Department of Education has made significant cuts in these kinds of grants, they have become extremely competitive. Only 70 perfect of current grant recipients were able to secure funding for the next five years,” says Self. “We are very proud of ACU's excellent track record for equipping low-income and first generation college students for graduate studies leading to doctoral degrees. Even more, we're excited about what five more years of service to this population will mean for our continued legacy in this area.”

Because the goals of both programs are so closely aligned, the McNair Scholars Program will move into the Honors College as part of the new grant application. Self will work closely with Dr. Jason Morris, the Honors College liaison to McNair and associate dean of the Honors College. Hilary Simpson will continue as associate director and Pam Hadfield as administrative coordinator.

Read more about the McNair Scholars Program.