HHS McNair Scholars – 2017

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is an initiative of the United States Department of Education. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the enrollment of students, from historically under represented groups, in science and graduate programs across the country.

Ronald McNair was a physicist and astronaut. He died in the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986.

UNCG was awarded $1.15 million grant in September 2017 for first generation and underrepresented students. See Campus Weekly article. For general and application information about the program see McNair Scholars at UNCG .

This year 10 students from the School of Health and Human Sciences were awarded McNair Scholarships. Congratulations to all!

Asia Brannon

Brannon-Asia Major: Nutrition
Concentration: Dietetics and Pre-Medicine
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Being a McNair Scholar will allow me to conduct community-based research in topics of my interest such as areas with food disparities, how to reach that audience, and educating them on the importance of nutrition.

Ricquita Dillard

Ricquita Dillard Major: Social Work
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Scholar Standout: Ricquita is the Sole Proprietor of Birthing Life. This organization advocates for and educates women on childbirth and postpartum care.

Kenya Downing

Kenya Downing

Major: Psychology/Social Work
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

I quickly learned that it is not so much what you know, but how you will apply what you know to build yourself and be of assistance to others.

Nijahlyn Edwards

Edwards-Nijahlyn Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Scholar Standout: Nijahlyn has an extensive list of volunteer experience which is representative of her commitment to serving others as a future career.

Keia Harris

Keia Harris

Major: Public Health
Concentration: Community Health
Hometown: Mint Hill, NC

I am not intimidated by a problem, but rather eager to find the cause and effectively find a solution.

Shaunessy Lofton

Shaunessy Lofton Major: Public Health
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Research Interests: Cultural competency and inclusion in healthcare professions.

Melissa Lore

Melissa Lore Major: Psychology
Minor: Studio Arts & Human Development and Family Studies
Hometown: Salisbury, NC

Research Interest: Accessibility of higher education to low-income students.

Ashley Mustain

Ashley Mustain Major: Kinesiology
Hometown: Pelham, NC

Scholar Standout: Ashley volunteers in multiple physical therapy settings throughout the year and showcases a strong aptitude for becoming an expert in the field.

Draven Ward

Draven Ward Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Minor: Social Work
Hometown: Durham, NC

I would like to do research on adoption, specifically on how open vs. closed file adoption affects the mental health of both the adoptee and the biological parents/family.

Kevin Wilson

kevin wilson Major: Nutrition
Hometown: Eden, NC

My focus in nutrition is childhood obesity with regards to low income households. By conducting research and isolating some of the key factors affecting some of the most vulnerable people, we can begin to implements effectives support programs and services.