CWUNewsNews's McNair Scholars Program Receives $1.1 Million, 11 Oct 2017 08:16:05<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 238px; height: 212px; float: left;">Increasing access and diversity in graduate degree programs is the legacy of Ronald McNair, one of the astronauts who perished in the Challenger explosion in 1986.</p><p>To that end, the McNair Scholars program was developed. Central Washington University, a&nbsp; recipient of McNair Scholar funding since 1991, received $1,161,325 from the US Department of Education for the CWU McNair Scholars Program. The five-year program will receive $232,265 each year. The program is administered by the School of Graduate Studies and Research and CWU's Lucinda Carnell, biological sciences, will continue as program director.</p><p>"We are grateful to the Department of Education for the opportunity to continue being a part of the McNair program, which has allowed our students to obtain doctoral degrees and faculty positions in academia," said Carnell.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU is one of the original McNair institutions in the country, and is among the first in Washington State. The university is funded to serve 27 new and continuing students for each project year.</p><p><strong>The McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program</strong><br>The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 185 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the US Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.</p><p>McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.</p><p><strong>About Ronald E. McNair</strong><br>Ronald Erwin McNair was born in Lake City, South Carolina, on October 21, 1950. In 1967, he graduated valedictorian from Carver High School and went on to North Carolina A&amp;T State University where he graduated magna cum laude in physics.</p><p>He earned his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the age of 26.Dr. McNair was an expert in laser physics at the Hughes Research Laboratory and in 1978, was selected for participation in NASA's space shuttle program, becoming the second African American astronaut in US history. He served as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger and died along with the rest of the Challenger crew when the space shuttle exploded nine miles above the Atlantic on January 28, 1986.</p><p>He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Their goal was to encourage low-income and first-generation college students, and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to expand their educational opportunities by enrolling in a PhD program and ultimately pursue an academic career. This program is dedicated to the high standards of achievement inspired by McNair’s life.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant Helps CWU’s First Generation Students Complete College, 29 Sep 2015 12:46:48<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p><br>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>TRIO SSS Grant Renewed for Another 5 Year Cycle, 28 Jul 2015 17:14:00<p>CWU’s<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">TRIO Student Support Services</a><span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;grant has been renewed for another five-year cycle. With the $1.4 million award ($281,219 per year),&nbsp;</span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;can continue to help low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities succeed in college.</span></p><div><div property="content:encoded"><p>The U.S. Education Department&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">awarded $270 million</a>&nbsp;to fund TRIO SSS Programs at 968 institutions. CWU’s program, operating since 1992, is funded to serve 225 students per year. Among the services offered are academic advising and tutoring, career guidance, leadership and service experience, financial literacy programs, and help applying for graduate school.</p><p>“This is such an important program to me,” said senior Ayla Medina, a TRIO student since her first year at CWU. It instantly became her strongest support system, helping both emotionally and academically.</p><p>“Having a place to go where I feel safe and I feel understood is incredible,” Medina said. “As a first-generation student, I needed information about how college is run and I found it there.”</p><p>From 2014-15, CWU’s TRIO SSS students had a 99.5 percent persistence rate and 85.9 percent of them were in good academic standing.</p><p>“The program is effective because the staff is very intentional about advancing students’ academic, personal and professional competencies,” said Lorinda Anderson, coordinator of CWU’s TRIO SSS Program.&nbsp;“We are thrilled to be funded for the next five academic years and have already been developing new ways to advance the important mission of this program.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Raymond Navarro, director of Academic Achievement Programs at CWU, is elated to receive the highly competitive grant. He said the award is a testament to the leadership of Provost Marilyn Levine, the vision of Dean of Student Success, and the work of Academic Achievement staff.</p><p>“It also speaks to the perseverance of our students,” Navarro said. “We look forward to continuing the long history the TRIO SSS Program has in empowering students to achieve success, realize their potential, and accomplish their personal and professional goals.”</p><p>Medina, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to the United States when she was 8. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. After earning degrees in psychology and interdisciplinary studies, she wants a career that involves outreach to minority youth and underrepresented populations.</p><p>“I hope to get the message across to youth how important it is to get an education and how empowering it feels to have knowledge and be able to speak up for yourself,” Medina said. “I want to show my nieces and nephews that we can be so much more than minimum wage workers and that we are the ones who set our own barriers.”</p><p>CWU worked with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Hanover Research</a>&nbsp;to prepare the TRIO SSS grant proposal for submission. Hanover provides grant development support to hospitals, higher education institutions, and other non-profit organizations.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact</em></strong><em>: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,&nbsp;<a href=""></a></em></p><p>July 28, 2015</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></div property="content:encoded"></a href="">SSS Spring 2014 Newsletter, 03 Dec 2014 09:24:55<p><a href="/academic-achievement/sites/" target="_self"><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 350px; height: 231px;"></a></p>CWU Receives Prestigious HEED Award for Excellence in Diversity, 17 Sep 2014 10:47:12<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 306px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. CWU is one of only 83 institutions nationwide, and the only four-year institution in Washington State, to receive the award.</p><p>The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.</p><p>“This award highlights our efforts in enhancing diversity at CWU,” said Delores (Kandee) Cleary, chief diversity officer and chair of the Sociology Department. “We are proud and honored to be selected.&nbsp; While we continue to work to ensure CWU is welcoming to everyone, this award gives us a chance to take a breath and recognize all that we have accomplished.”</p><p>Currently, minority students make up roughly 25 percent of CWU’s enrollment and the university was recently named one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation.</p><p>The award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.</p><p>CWU communication alumna Veronica Gomez-Vilchis of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Professional Development, took the lead in submitting the application for the award.</p><p>“Veronica worked tirelessly to bring people together to talk about their diversity work,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, Human Resources director-at-large,. “She collected and compiled the information into a readable format, and did much of this independently, without a lot of guidance. She produced an excellent submission.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gomez-Vilchis, who also has been a faculty member in Communication and program coordinator of Bridges, has worked in HR for the past two years. She focuses on recruitment, hiring and professional development.</p><p>The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.</p><p>For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>SSS Winter 2014 Newsletter, 11 Mar 2014 08:51:05<p><a href="/academic-achievement/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 464px; height: 600px;"></a></p>CWU Administrator Recommended for State Education Post, 24 Jan 2014 11:19:39<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Yakima school board member Raymond Navarro has been recommended to Gov. Jay Inslee for a seat on the state’s charter schools commission, the board member confirmed this week.</p><p>Navarro is the director of Central Washington University’s academic achievement programs and the principal investigator for the university’s TRIO student support services and educational opportunities programs.</p><p>Read the entire Yakima Herald-Republic article<a href=""> here.</a></p><p>January 24, 2014</p><p>Photo courtesy of the Yakima Herald-Republic</p>SSS Spring 2013 Newsletter, 21 Jun 2013 15:47:34<p><a href="/academic-achievement/sites/"><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 517px;"></a></p>SSS Fall 2012 Newsletter, 26 Feb 2013 09:32:44<p><a href="/academic-achievement/sites/ Winter 2013 Final.pdf"><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>SSS Fall 2012 Newsletter, 26 Feb 2013 09:31:10