Ronald McNair Scholars Program Faces Major Cuts

The Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was established to provide funds to increase the number of Black and other minority students who pursue graduate degrees in STEM fields. Over the past two decades, thousands of Black students have benefitted from the McNair program.

Congress has cut funding for the McNair Scholars program from $46 million to $36 million. As a result, it is proposed that the number of campuses that will participate in the scholarship program will be reduced from 203 to 127. It is estimated that 2,000 fewer students will be able to participate.

A native of South Carolina, McNair graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in laser physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. McNair was selected into the astronaut program in 1978 and in 1984 became the second African American to fly in space. McNair was killed in the Challenger disaster in 1986.

Related Articles

2 COMMENTS

  1. This news is devastating, especially at a time when we are encouraging our youth to enter the STEM programs. I hope Congress will consider returning these funds in the next budget.

  2. This is very sad news. I participated in and benefitted greatly from this program. I would hate for others not to have the same opportunity.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Three African Americans Appointed to New Academic Positions

Leon Prieto, Kofi Afrifah, and Andrea Moore have been appointed to new academic positions at Clayton University, Bowie State University, and Savannah State University, respectively.

Historic HBCU Landmark Revitalized Through National Park Service Grant

Through three restoration grants totaling $2 million, the Rosenwald Practice School and Principal House will be fully restored, becoming the new home for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Institute.

Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African American who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@JBHE.com.

North Carolina A&T University Establishes Research Partnership with Collins Aerospace

“There are direct relations to the research we do in the College of Engineering and the mission purpose of Collins Aerospace,” said Stephanie Luster-Teasley, interim dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. “Being able to partner with Collins really gives our students the opportunities for hands-on research at each level – undergraduate and graduate.”

Featured Jobs