McNair Scholars Achievements

(Fayetteville, NC – May 6, 2015) – The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is pleased to announce the acceptance of several students into graduate and doctoral programs, in addition to the graduation of former scholars from graduate school.

  • Mr. Brandon Davis, a McNair Scholar since spring 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Eugenie Almeida, was accepted at each of the six graduate institutions he applied to: Northeastern University, Syracuse University, NC State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Memphis, and Georgia State University. He plans to attend NC State University in the fall of 2015 and has been awarded a full tuition coverage, a teaching assistantship, and monthly stipend for the full two years of his program. Brandon was also awarded the Diversity Scholarship for $2,500.
  • Ms. Ashley Fowler, a McNair Scholar since spring 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Perry Gillespie, was accepted into the Masters of Applied Math Programs at both North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A & T) and Texas Tech University. She has decided to attend NC A & T and has been awarded a total financial assistance package of $18,545, as well as a teaching assistantship position to cover all of her expenses for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.
  • Mr. Rayshawn Locklear has been a McNair Scholar since spring 2014, serving under the mentorship of Dr. Perry Gillespie. He has been accepted into North Carolina Agricultural Technical State University (NC A & T) Master’s degree program in Mathematics for the fall 2015 semester.
  • Mrs. Linda Thomas, a McNair Scholar since spring 2013 under the mentorship of Dr. Akbar Aghajanian and Dr. Tamara Woods, was accepted into the Masters of Social Work programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina. She has chosen to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will begin her studies, with advanced standing, in May of 2015.
  • Ms. Jessica Vickery, a McNair Scholar since spring 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Kristen Delaney, has been accepted into the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She will begin working towards her Doctor of Optometry degree in the fall of 2015.
  • Mr. Eric McLean will begin his Ph.D. program in Biology at the University of Chicago (IL) in the fall of 2015. Eric will also complete the Research Scholars Initiative Post-Baccalaureate Program at Harvard University this spring.
  • Ms. Genevieve Barnes will begin her M.A. in Communication program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall of 2015.
  • Ms. Michelle Norman will begin her M.S. in Psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall of 2015.
  • Ms. Asia Scales will earn her M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University (MD) in May of 2015.
  • Ms. Chaniqua Simpson will earn her M.S. in Sociology from North Carolina State University in May of 2015.
  • Ms. Jacoya Thompson will earn her M.S. in Mathematics from Fayetteville State University (CA) in May of 2015.

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.

The McNair Scholars Program staff is incredibly proud of our student’s accomplishments and wishes them continued success in their educational pursuits.

For more information please contact McNair Program Coordinator, Malika Mercer, at mmercer@uncfsu.edu or (910) 672-2043.