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SLU Welcomes New McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program hosted a welcome reception on Thursday, March 1, to introduce 14 new McNair Scholars to the SLU community.

2018 McNair Scholars

(Seated, left to right) Anthony Gills, academic counselor, Jamie Motley, Ph.D., McNair Program director and Daniela Pedraza, McNair Program graduate assistant. (Standing, left to right) McNair Scholars Derek McFarland, Eshter Chinwuko, Ricardo Saucedo, DelShawn Fowler, Taylor Robinson, Brandon Hughes, Zarek Burton and Amanda Wilson. McFarland and Folwer are students at the Harris-Stowe State University while the remaining scholars are SLU students. Photo by Robert O. Motley Jr. 

The reception in Busch Student Center included an invocation given by Rev. Stephen Lamkin, assistant director of Pre-College, Access and TRIO Programs and Associate Provost Robert M. Wood, Ph.D., shared words of wisdom. Faculty members Karla Scott, Ph.D. and Amber Johnson, Ph.D. presented at the reception, which also included a pep talk by Robert O. Motley Jr., a McNair Scholars Program alumnus from Northeastern Illinois University and current Washington University doctoral candidate.

The event included the formal introduction of new Scholars. Twelve of the new scholars are SLU students.

SLU McNair Scholars

  • Ciarra Anders
  • Zarek Burton
  • Esther Chinwuko
  • Brandon Hughes
  • Sequoyah Lopez
  • Taylor Robinson
  • Yesenia Sanchez
  • Ricardo Saucedo
  • Wendy Teal
  • Devonn Thomas
  • Brendan Underwood
  • Amanda Wilson

Two of the new Scholars, DelShawn Fowler and Derek McFarland, are students at the Harris-Stowe State University. SLU students, faculty and administrators, as well as staff and administrators from Harris-Stowe State University attended the March 1 reception.

Robert O. Motley Jr., a McNair Scholars Program alumnus from Northeastern Illinois University and current Washington University doctoral candidate.

 (Center) Robert O. Motley Jr., a McNair Scholars Program alumnus from Northeastern Illinois University and current Washington University doctoral candidate, addresses the reception with Rev. Stephen Lamkin, assistant director of Pre-College, Access and TRIO Programs (left) and the new McNair Scholars.  Photo by Jamie Motley, Ph.D.

Pell-eligible, first-generation college students who are interested in becoming McNair Scholars are welcome to submit an application, as there are still a few slots available for the current program year. However, as spaces are filling quickly, interested students are advised to complete and submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications can be downloaded from the McNair Scholars Program website.