By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded more than $1.1 million in federal funding to Central Michigan University's McNair Scholars Program.
The five-year funding agreement comes on the heels of news that more than 50 McNair Scholars Programs are being cut across the nation due to reduced federal funds.
The McNair Scholars Program is named in honor of astronaut Ronald E. McNair. McNair died as a result of the explosion on space shuttle Challenger in 1986.
The program works to assist low income, first generation and underrepresented college students in pursuing their doctorate degrees. Since CMU's inaugural class in 1999, the program has served more than 140 students.
"It takes a certain kind of student to be a McNair scholar," says Ruth senior Jennifer Messing, who joined the McNair program in 2011. "If you're the type of person that thrives on being challenged, it's definitely something to check out."
Nearly half of CMU's McNair scholars go on to their master's degrees, with approximately 20 percent enrolled in doctoral programs across the nation. To date, four McNair scholars have received their doctorates with more than 25 students currently enrolled in doctoral programs.
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