Washington, DC (KINY) - U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has announced $51.7 million in 189 new grant awards to institutions of higher education across the United States as part of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.
The program provides grants to universities and colleges for projects designed to provide disadvantaged students effective preparation for doctoral studies.
The University of Alaska Anchorage received $261,885 in grant funding.
“When we look at U.S. students studying to become our future physicians, professors, scientists, and other crucial professionals requiring graduate degrees, many demographic groups are underrepresented, including first-generation college students and those from low-income families,” said Nasser Paydar, assistant secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education. “McNair grants fund projects at universities and colleges that help underrepresented students to access doctoral programs.”
McNair-funded initiatives prepare students for doctoral study through tutoring, academic counseling, and assistance with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs.
McNair projects may also provide services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students, mentoring programs, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students.