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.

Special Honors:

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.

  1. Applicant must be a high school senior graduating in the Spring of 2008 and must be a resident of Houston or the surrounding area.

  2. Applicant must complete all sections of the application, including the biographical essay. Typed  applications are preferred.

  3. Applicant must submit parents’ and student’s W-2 and/or Tax Return for the 2007 tax year.

  4. Applicant must submit 2 letters of recommendation from his/her school’s faculty (teachers, counselors or principals).

  5. Applicant must submit acceptance letter from chosen college or university.

  6. An official sealed transcript must be submitted by the applicant’s high school to P.O. Box 575 Houston, Texas 77001 by April 19, 2008.

  7. Applications must submit a copy of official S.A.T. and/or A.C.T. scores. (These scores must be submitted by the applicant’s high school along with the official transcript).

  8. All applications and transcripts must be mailed and received no later than April 19, 2008. Mail to:

 

Ronald E. McNair Omega Scholarship Fund

Attn: Dr. Lloyd Jarmon

Scholarship Committee Chairman

P.O. Box 575

Houston, TX 77001-0575.

  1. Each award recipient (based on application and interview) will receive a generous cash award towards his/her college education. Awards will be based on financial need and academic potential. A check will be provided upon proof of registration from his/her chosen college or university. Award recipients must be a full time student with a minimum of 12 hours. Proof of registration must be received by Oct. 31 and Feb. 28 for the fall and spring semesters, respectively.

  2. Submission of false data will void any scholarship award.

 

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