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Authorized by Congress in 1987 to commemorate the tragic death of the astronaut, Ronald E. McNair, who lost his life in the challenger shuttle tragedy in 1985. Specifically designed to award grants to institutions of higher education to provide disadvantaged college students with effective preparation for doctoral study, the first competition for McNair program funds was held in 1989; at that time, the first 20 projects were funded. Over the past 20 years, the McNair program has grown to 200 projects serving approximately 4,200 students nationwide.
The Federal TRIO Programs Program
Educational opportunity outreach and support programs designed to motivate and encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO consists of nine outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first generation college students and disabled students through the academic pipeline from middle school through postbaccalaureate programs of study.
McNair participants will:
Fiscal Year 2009
REQUIRED SERVICES (HEOA amendments)
*educational progress (during and after)
*Annual Performance Report (APR)
*Must be sufficient to effectively administer all aspects of project
*Appropriate professional qualifications, experience and administrative skills
McNair Profile Sheet Program
GOOD LUCK!! Program