The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a five-year, $1.15 million grant to UNC-Greensboro to help first-generation and underrepresented students prepare for graduate education.
The grant will provide funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, according to a UNCG press release. McNair scholars will receive a $5,000 stipend and will participate in the McNair Summer Research Institute.
“Additionally, students will receive faculty mentoring, GRE test preparation and a summer course on research and writing,” the release said. “Students will have several opportunities to present their research at conferences across the country.”
UNC-Chapel Hill has received similar grants in the past and founded their own McNair program in 2009 thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Carmen Huerta-Bapat, program director for Carolina Firsts — an organization dedicated to helping underrepresented and first-generation college students — said a $3 million grant in 2014 funded the Finish Line Project. The project is designed to improve outreach, support and timely degree completion for first-generation students.