The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Program was established in order to remove barriers to graduate degree attainment for US college students. Graduates of higher education have greater earning power and a vast array of skills/experiences to offer employers.
Named after physicist and NASA mission specialist Ronald E. McNair, the McNair Program was established at Truman State University in 1992 by Dr. Emmanuel Nnadozie. Since then, nearly 400 students have been served, approximately 75% of which have earned graduate degrees or are currently enrolled in graduate programs.
Truman McNair provides
- thorough tracking of scholar progress and Program effectiveness;
- careful and efficient use of all funds;
- funding for participants’ research and scholarly activities,
- funding for participants’ graduate school visits and applications;
- preparation for students’ success in graduate study through seminars, advising, summer research internships, and faculty mentoring; and
- alumni follow-up to ensure graduate degree completion.
McNair Scholars are eligible to apply each year for a $450 Truman State University Foundation scholarship awarded to one student, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nnadozie and other donors.