2008 Ronald E. McNair Omega Scholarship Application
Dr. Ronald E. McNair
October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986
"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on
how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles!
Stretch your wings and fly to the sky." - Dr. Ronald E. McNair
Biography of Dr. Ronald E. McNair
Dr. Ronald E. McNair was born on October 21, 1950, in Lake City, SC. He received a B.S. in Physics from North Carolina A&T in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 1976. Dr. McNair was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Mu Psi Chapter, North Carolina A&T University on December 4, 1969. During his time in the Houston area, he was an active member of Rho Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina A&T (1971); named a Presidential Scholar (1967-1971); a Ford Foundation Fellow (1971-1974); a National Fellowship Fund Fellow (1974-1975); a NATO Fellow (1975); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Scholar of the Year (1975); Los Angeles Public School System’s Service Commendation (1979), Distinguished Alumni Award (1979), National Society of Black Professional Engineers Distinguished National Scientist Award (1979), Friend of Freedom Award (1981), Who’s Who Among Black Americans (1980), an AAU Karate Gold Medal (1976), five Regional Black Belt Karate Championships, and numerous proclamations and achievement awards. In addition, Dr. McNair was a performing jazz saxophonist.
In January of 1978, Dr. McNair was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate, completed a one year training evaluation period in 1979, qualified for assignment as the Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. Tragically, Dr. McNair died on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Over the last several years we have awarded over $75,000 in academic scholarships to high school graduates, who have demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement. Many of our past recipients have matriculated in some of the finest universities and colleges in the nation. Upon graduation they have gone on to hold positions in law, medicine, engineering and many other professions.
RONALD E. MCNAIR OMEGA SCHOLARSHIP FUND GUIDELINES
This scholarship fund was established to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. McNair by providing financial assistance to college-bound students from low-income families in the metropolitan Houston area. For consideration of this scholarship, applicants must satisfy the following requirements. Applicants should be prepared to participate in an interview. Exact dates and locations will be announced at a later time.
Ronald E. McNair Omega Scholarship Fund
Attn: Dr. Lloyd Jarmon
Scholarship Committee Chairman
P.O. Box 575
Houston, TX 77001-0575.