SNU McNair Scholar Awarded Fellowship

McNair Scholar Tiajuan Miller has been awarded one of two McNair Fellowships at the University of Oklahoma for the 2011-2012 school year. Miller, who graduates from SNU in May with a degree in Family Studies & Gerontology, is an adult student who came to SNU for the degree completion program. He was accepted to the Master of Social Work program at OU to begin in Fall 2011. The graduate fellowship provides a graduate assistant position, full tuition waiver, and a $2500 stipend per year as well as student health insurance.

Miller is the first one in his family to earn a college degree. He plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) focusing on marriage and family issues, particularly on a man’s role in the family.He ultimately wants to earn a doctoral degree and to own his own mental health agency as well asa housing project for homeless and mentally ill individuals.

Commenting on his McNair experience Miller said: “I have benefited greatly from the opportunities I have received from beinga McNair Scholar.I have gotten to go on trips to be around others who have a thirstand a hunger for educational success as well as experience cultural differences, allwithin the United States.I now know the possibilities are much greater than I couldhave ever imaged.”

Miller is the first SNU McNair Scholar ever to receive the McNair Fellowship from OU.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars) is a federally-funded grant program designed to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds (first-generation and under-represented ethnic groups) to succeed in graduate education. For more information about SNU’s McNair Scholars Program and how you could be a part, contact our office at (405) 789-6400 x6540, e-mail or see our website:

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