The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Announces Renewal of Program Funding at Fayetteville State University

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is pleased to announce the renewal of program funding from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2022.

Dr. Charlesene McNeill-Blue, Director of the TRiO affiliated McNair Scholars Program, received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Education that Fayetteville State University was named 1 of 5 North Carolina institutions to be funded for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair award.  The FSU McNair Program was granted $1.2 million to be distributed over the next five years.  With the unwavering support of the Principal Investigator Dr. Daniel Okunbor, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Academic Affairs, and the faculty and staff at FSU, the McNair Program will continue to prepare eligible students for graduate studies.

In accordance with the Fayetteville State University Strategic Plan and core value, “Student Success and the Pursuit of Excellence”, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program was established to provide first generation and underrepresented students with high impact learning practices that facilitate student success, intellectual and cultural growth, excellence in scholarship, leadership, and ethical standards.  This effort supports institutional goals and strategies to increase research collaborations through internships and research opportunities for students (P.2.G.III.A., 2015).

Since the program inception in 2010, there have been 72 McNair Scholar FSU graduates, of which 85% entered graduate programs.  Out of those who entered graduate programs, 40% have completed a Master’s degree and 29% entered doctoral programs.  In December 2016, the FSU McNair Program celebrated its first Ph.D. recipient, Dr. Sabena Conley followed by Dr. Shannon Gunn who received a Doctorate degree in the spring of 2017.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African-American to fly in space and one of the seven-person crew who died on the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.  It is one of the TRiO programs federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide a comprehensive Ph.D. preparatory program for first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented minority college students to pursue graduate studies.

For more information please contact McNair Program Coordinator, Erika Bradford, at or (910) 672-2043.