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Ronald E. McNair Scholarship

Ronald E. McNair Scholarship

The Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, established in Dr. McNair’s honor by the Black Alumni/ae of MIT, recognizes a Black undergraduate who has demonstrated strong academic performance and who has made a considerable contribution to the minority community.

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Past Winners


  • Frederick O. Daso '17
  • Kayode Y. Ezike '17
  • Aaron L. Morris '17


  • Sylvia N. Atsaves '16
  • Margaret A. Okobi '16
  • Janelle Wellons '16


  • Micah A. Nishigaki '15
  • Fernando L. Nunez '15
  • Aaron P. Thomas '15


  • Camille A. DeJarnett ‘14
  • Elise M. Myers ’14
  • Joshua V. Sibblies ‘14


  • Wyatt Ubellacker ‘13


  • Columbus Leonard ’12

Ronald Erwin McNair first came to MIT on a junior-year exchange scholarship from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He returned a year later for graduate work on laser spectroscopy, earning a Ph.D. in 1976 while also working with area inner-city youth. McNair joined NASA’s mission specialist program in 1978 and flew in a successful flight of the space shuttle Challenger in 1984. Tragically, he was one of eight aboard the Challenger when it exploded in 1986. At a memorial service for McNair, his thesis advisor, Michael S. Feld ‘63, noted that qualities that McNair embodied — technical accomplishment, social contribution, and personal fulfillment — were ones that MIT hopes to instill in others.


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