The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced $51.7 million in 189 grant awards to colleges and universities as part of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, which helps fund projects designed to support disadvantaged college students with doctoral studies.
McNair-funded projects give students opportunities for activities such as research, summer internships, and seminars, and prepare students for doctoral study through tutoring, academic counseling, and assistance with admission and financial aid for graduate programs.
The 189 schools include 14 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and 55 minority serving institutions (MSIs).
“When we look at U.S. students studying to become our future physicians, professors, scientists and other crucial professionals requiring graduate degrees, many demographic groups are underrepresented, including first-generation college students and those from low-income families,” said Dr. Nasser Paydar, assistant secretary for postsecondary education. “McNair grants fund projects at universities and colleges that help underrepresented students to access doctoral programs.”
More McNair awards will be announced in a second batch that is expected for September.