The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today
that it was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million Ronald E. McNair Post
Baccalaureate grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program
<http://www.utsa.edu/mcnair/mcnair.html> , administered by the UTSA
Office of P-20 Initiatives' TRIO office <http://www.utsa.edu/trio/> ,
targets students from underrepresented parts of society and helps
prepare them for doctoral studies through research and other academic
"We are pleased that UTSA is one of the few universities in the nation
that has been awarded seven TRIO grants," said Rachel Ruiz, assistant VP
of P-20 Initiatives. "This shows our staff is working hard to reach our
goals and objectives."
McNair scholars receive a variety of services to assist their
preparation for graduate studies. Services include application
assistance, graduate school visitations, academic workshops, faculty
research mentors and an intense 10-week summer research institute.
Because Ronald E. McNair Scholars are recognized nationally for their
scholarship, most graduate programs offer participants application
waivers and fellowship awards. Seventy-two percent of participants in
UTSA's McNair Scholars program are currently enrolled or have completed
a graduate degree.
Adolph Delgado participated in the McNair program while he was a UTSA
Honors College student earning his bachelor's degree in psychology. He
graduated from UTSA in 2010 and is now pursuing his master's degree at
UTSA in health and kinesiology. He also plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in
clinical health psychology.
"Because of the McNair Scholars Program, I was able to acquire the
necessary skills to conduct graduate level research," said Delgado.
"Furthermore, the McNair Scholar Program provided opportunities like
workshops, conferences, etiquette dinners that molded me into a
well-rounded master's student and motivated me to pursue a doctoral
degree. Simply put, it helped me surpass my goals and encouraged me to
dream bigger than ever before. I am proud to be a McNair Scholar."
In 2010, Honors College student Irving Arevalo graduated cum laude from
UTSA with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in biology.
While at UTSA, he also participated in the McNair program. He is now a
doctoral student in clinical psychology at Howard University researching
mental health care attitudes among Latinos and African Americans.
"UTSA's McNair Program has been a salient hallmark towards the
continuation of my education," Arevalo. "The program provided me with
opportunities I would not have been able to accomplish by myself. I am
truly proud of being a McNair Scholar."
Within the past two years, the UTSA TRIO office has secured more than
nine million dollars to help disadvantaged students over the next five
years. In addition to Ronald E. McNair program, UTSA's TRIO office
offers the Upward Bound program and the Educational Talent Search. The
funding will be used to provide academic opportunities for first
generation, low-income students to succeed in their precollege
performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Each
year, more than 2,000 students from San Antonio, Uvalde, Crystal City,
Eagle Pass and Brackettville participate in UTSA's TRIO Programs.
To learn more about UTSA's TRIO programs including the McNair program,
contact Rhonda Moses, executive director of TRIO Programs in the UTSA
Office of P-20 Initiatives, at 210-458-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of nine academic
universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research
university providing access to educational excellence and preparing
citizen leaders for the global environment.
UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the
colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development,
Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and
Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative
resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and
beyond. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/today