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Winthrop’s McNair Scholars program receives additional federal funding

2016 McNair Scholar Camerun Washington, a 2017 Winthrop graduate, being interviewed by Winthrop Close-Up about his research during an April poster presentation. McNair scholars may present their research throughout the year.
2016 McNair Scholar Camerun Washington, a 2017 Winthrop graduate, being interviewed by Winthrop Close-Up about his research during an April poster presentation. McNair scholars may present their research throughout the year. Contributed photo

Winthrop University has received more funding to help low-income undergraduates successfully seek a Ph.D.

The Winthrop McNair Scholars program, established in 2009, provides research opportunities and financial support throughout the graduate admissions process for 30 first generation, low-income and underrepresented undergraduates, according to the university.

The U.S. Department of Education has renewed the program’s funding with an increase of $6,000. The program’s total award is now $232,265 each year for five years, according to Winthrop.

The university also contributes an additional $85,000 in cash and in-kind matches to the program.

The McNair Scholars program includes a paid summer research experience, faculty mentors, workshops, GRE and graduate school application preparation and travel to explore graduate programs and present research.

Winthrop, one of two universities in the state that houses the McNair program, offers the services to students at other South Carolina colleges and universities.

The program has served more than 110 students since its inception.

Students have said the program has helped them attend Ivy League schools for a master’s program and provided opportunities they would not normally have, according to Winthrop.

“McNair is a natural extension of the great work Winthrop’s talented faculty, supportive administration, and committed staff are already doing to grow cohorts of future professors, scientists and leaders,” said Cheryl Fortner-Wood, McNair Scholars director.

“We’re grateful to have the opportunity to continue these experiences for our students with this latest grant renewal.”

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

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