December 22, 2014  

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McNair Scholars Program Seeking Applicants

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is currently recruiting qualified applicants who want to take their education to new heights.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares students for success in graduate school. Serving 25 students annually, the program chooses a group of select students each fall. To qualify, a student must be a first-generation college student and be income eligible, according to federal guidelines, or be from a group underrepresented in graduate education. Applicants must also have accumulated at least 60 credit hours by the end of summer 2011 and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Scholars are paired with faculty mentors who direct and supervise the student’s research. Participants attend workshops, seminars and an intensive Graduate Records Examination (GRE) prep course to make them competitive for graduate school. Scholars also receive a $2,800 stipend along with other financial considerations for their participation in the program.

The Southern Miss McNair Scholars Program was established in 1999 and honors Dr. Ronald E. McNair, an astronaut killed in the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986.To apply, students should visit the McNair Scholars Program office, located in McLemore Hall room 202, or call 601.266.6910 for more information. Online, visithttp://www.usm.edu/mcnairscholars/