Westminster Announces 2018 McNair Scholars

McNair scholars

May 21, 2018

Westminster College is pleased to announce seven Westminster seniors graduating from this year’s McNair Scholars Program. The program, which began at Westminster in 2003, is a federally funded effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who go on to pursue graduate study. The program is named after Ronald E. McNair, an African-American physicist and NASA astronaut who died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.

The Westminster College McNair Scholars Program draws students from three campuses: Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, and College of Southern Idaho. The ultimate goal is to increase faculty diversity in colleges and universities by encouraging and supporting qualified students through undergraduate school and the transition to graduate school.

“We are very proud of all our graduating seniors, many of whom will use their advanced degrees to give back to the community,” said Mary Jo Hinsdale, McNair Scholars program director. “We are encouraged and excited by the caliber of students we serve and are confident they will have a positive impact on the world.”

The following students graduated this year from Westminster’s program:

  • Amarina Chavez*
  • Elizabeth Garcia, will pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Northern Colorado
  • Catherine Konold*
  • Jamil McPherson
  • Julie Schaufler
  • Mariela Vazquez Gordo, will pursue an M.S. in Mexican-American studies at the University of Arizona
  • Deanna Waldron*, will pursue a Master in Community Leadership at Westminster College

*indicates students who transferred from SLCC