Morgan Named a Ronald E. McNair Scholar

April 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

Rashad Morgan, a junior majoring in psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate, recently earned a place in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair program and moved one step closer to realizing his dream of earning a doctoral degree. The highly-competitive McNair program, which only accepts 25 students from South Carolina each year, prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities and strives to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from underrepresented segments of society.

The McNair program serves first-generation students from families with low income and students with disabilities. It works closely with scholars in completing their undergraduate requirements, encouraging and supporting their entrance into graduate programs, and tracking their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees.

Morgan, who is legally blind, is the first student with a visual impairment to be admitted to the University of South Carolina’s McNair program. Originally from Greenwood, Morgan transferred to USC Upstate from Spartanburg Community College in spring 2009 and has since maintained Dean’s Honor List status.

As a McNair Scholar, Morgan will spend nearly six weeks this summer on the Columbia campus where he will participate in the Summer Research Component, an extensive graduate orientation and training session. He will complete a research project, attend seminars and receive mentoring on the graduate application process.

“We are all very proud of Rashad and know that he has a very bright future ahead of him,” said Margaret M. Camp, director of disability services at USC Upstate.