The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in 1989 by the U.S. Department of Education (USED). The College of St. Scholastica received its initial four-year grant October 1, 1995, and is part of the TRiO system. We are now in our eighteenth year and are one of 150 McNair programs.
TRiO refers to a group of approximately 2,900 education programs in the nation funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. These programs include 964 Upward Bound programs, 117 Upward Bound Mathematics/Science programs, 47 Veterans Upward Bound, 466 Educational Talent Search programs, 200 Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programs, 947 Student Support Services and 124 Educational Opportunity Centers and 10 Training Grants, and 23 Dissemination Partnership Grants. There are 70 TRiO programs in Minnesota that serve approximately 15,000 students. The College of St. Scholastica has 5 TRiO programs, and serves nearly 1,000 students annually.
TRiO programs help over 840,000 disadvantaged students across the nation each year. Two-thirds of TRiO students come from families with incomes of less than $33,000 per year. Most are the first in their family to attend college and many must overcome tremendous class, social and financial barriers in order to participate in higher education. The majority of TRiO students (61%) are members of minority groups: nationwide, 35% are African American, 19% are Hispanic, 4% are American Indian, 4% are Asian and 1% are listed as "Other." The remaining 37 % of TRiO students are white. Morth than 7,000 students have a disability, and 6,000 U.S. Veterans are served by TRiO programs.
TRiO programs are able to serve only about 5% of eligible students in the nation.
University of Wisconsin - Superior McNair Scholars Program
Minnesota McNair Programs