The Boise State McNair Scholars Program hosted its 13th annual Recognition Reception to celebrate its Spring 2016 graduating scholars on May 6th in the Student Union Building.
The reception is held to honor graduates for their hard work and dedication to scholarship. The keynote speakers at this year’s event were Rosaura Conley-Estrada, Boise State associate professor of sociology, and Boise State McNair alumna Cindy McCrea.
The Boise State McNair Scholars Program begins with a highly competitive application process leading to a 2-year academic enrichment seminar, including intensive faculty directed research. The rigor and success of the program is exemplified in the Spring 2016 graduates’ achievements:
- All scholars were accepted into graduate programs around the country including University of California Berkeley, George Washington University, University of Arizona, Northwestern University, Georgia State, and Syracuse University.
- All scholars who have confirmed their Fall 2016 placement are either fully funded through their program, have external funding, or scholarship opportunities to pay for their graduate studies.
- Kelly Schutt is Boise State’s first recipient of the highly prestigious and competitive Marshall Scholarship providing him the opportunity to pursue a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University.
- Timothy Hibbard was a recipient of Boise State’s competitive Top Ten Scholar award and will be attending Michigan State University, fully funded, to pursue a PhD in Political Science.
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded TRIO grant that provides educational opportunities to first generation, low income, and students underrepresented in doctoral programs.