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About McNair

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In 1995 the McNair Scholars Program was launched at Eastern Washington University,
and in 1996 the first federally funded cohort was selected

Our Mission

The TRiO Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at Eastern Washington University prepares low-income, first-generation and/or underrepresented minority undergraduates for success in doctoral programs by providing scholarly activities and community engagement that empowers participants to become agents of positive change in a culturally diverse world.

About McNair

The first McNair programs were funded by Congress in 1989 by grants through the Department of Education, and pay tribute to Ronald E. McNair, PhD, crewmenber on the space shuttle Challenger. The McNair Program at Eastern Washington University began in the 1995-96 academic year. As one of eight federally-funded TRiO programs, the goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. 

About TRiO

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. 

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