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UNI receives $1.1 million continuation grant for McNair Scholars program

September 28, 2003

Dennis Irons, director, UNI McNair Scholars Program, (319) 273-2346
Dora Raine, assistant director, UNI McNair Scholars Program, (319) 273-2284
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services has received a $1.1 million continuation grant from the U.S.

Department of Education, earmarked for the McNair Scholars Program.

The McNair Scholars Program began in October 1999, funded by a four-year grant of $760,000. This new grant will allow the program to operate through 2008. The program is now accepting applications.

The program helps high-achieving UNI juniors and seniors prepare for graduate school, and helps low-income, first-generation college students considering careers in college teaching gain admittance to Ph.D.-granting programs.

Eligible students are full-time UNI students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Candidates must be both a low-income and first-generation college student, or be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education those groups are African Americans, Hispanics, Alaskans and Native �mericans). Candidates also must possess a serious, stated interest in pursuing graduate study leading to a doctoral degree.

To apply, contact Dennis Irons, director of the program, at (319) 273-2346; or Dora Raine, assistant director, (319) 273-2284.