(Carson, Ca.) – California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) McNair Scholars Program has been awarded a five-year $1,172,600 U.S. Department of Education (ED) grant to support the doctoral studies and research of underrepresented students.
“This was an intense competition year! Students in the office cheered when we received the great news from Congresswoman Nanette Barragan’s office,” said Michelle Martinez, director of the McNair Scholars Program, of the announcement which initiated the grant on Oct. 1. “We are very fortunate for the opportunity to continue this important program helping amazing students for another five years.”
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the Department of Education at 151 institutions across the United States. The overarching goal of the program is to increase the number of graduate degrees awarded to either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group who are traditionally underrepresented.
CSUDH received its first McNair Scholars grant in 2003 and has received continuous funding ever since. The CSUDH McNair program has an impressive 93 percent graduate school acceptance rate among its McNair scholars. Of the 159 CSUDH students who have gone through the program, 80 students have obtained their master’s degrees and 15 have earned Ph.Ds.
Their success is attributed to the university’s McNair Scholars Program’s comprehensive support services, such as: research writing and design; faculty mentoring and research projects; travel funding for conferences and to visit doctoral universities; a rigorous eight-week summer research program with experts in their fields of study; assistance with the Graduate Record Exam preparation; and guidance through the graduate admissions process.
About California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills, centrally located in the greater Los Angeles South Bay region, is a model urban university with a wide range of academic programming, providing accessible, high quality, and transformative education to students aspiring to succeed and thrive in a complex, global society. Since 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills has served a diverse community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. A national model and laboratory for student success, the university offers a proven path to opportunity and social equity, advancing a college-focused culture in the communities it serves while providing vital resources of knowledge, talent, and leadership to the greater Los Angeles region and beyond.
Today, CSU Dominguez Hills boasts over 100,000 alumni – doctors, scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs – who are leaders in education, health, technology, entertainment, public service, and business, making a difference in their fields, in people’s lives, and in their communities. For more information, visit www.csudh.edu.