UIS TRIO McNair Fellowship Program Wins $1.3M Grant

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – The TRIO McNair Scholars Program at Idaho State University has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support TRIO McNair Scholars at ISU while that they prepare to continue their studies by moving on to doctoral programs.

The TRIO McNair Scholars program aims to prepare first generation (defined by the federal government to mean that neither parent has completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree) and low-income undergraduates, as well as students traditionally under -represented in graduate studies for doctoral studies through participation in research. The goal of the program is to increase the rate of application to the doctoral program by first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. Data indicates that currently less than 4% of students belonging to these groups at UIS are pursuing graduate studies.

The McNair Scholars program is aimed at students seeking a bachelor’s degree in their final two years of undergraduate coursework at ISU and provides a stimulating and supportive environment. McNair Scholars receive support from program advisors and faculty mentoring, opportunities to publish and present research, research stipends during the Summer Research Internship Program, graduate application workshops, assistance in choosing graduate schools and assistance in obtaining financial aid resources. Additionally, program researchers have the opportunity to present their research at local, state, and national conferences.

Idaho State University’s TRIO McNair program is completing its first five-year grant cycle. To date, 72.5% of ISU’s TRIO McNair Scholars graduates have been admitted to graduate programs. This national grant competition is extremely competitive and requires intense student success metrics to secure funding. The program is located within the Access and Opportunity Programs Division, a federally funded program unit providing services through nine federal grants totaling $3.2 million annually and serving 3 200 people per year.

For more information about ISU TRIO McNair, contact Kirsti Beck, Academic Success Programs Administrative Assistant at [email protected]

For more information about ISU Access and Opportunity Programs, contact Sari Byerly at [email protected]

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