McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The McNair Scholars Program, a TRiO program, was established in 1986 in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Dr. Ronald E. McNair. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, which is dedicated to the high standard of achievement that Dr. McNair represented. The overall goal of this TRiO program is to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in graduate education by providing enriching experiences, support, and guidance to program participants.
Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
- Ronald E. McNair, PhD
Who knew preparing to become a PhD could be so much fun?!
This program can change your life...so you can change the world!
- Sophomore or junior at Our Lady of the Lake University
- GPA of 3.0 or above
- First-generation college student who meets income criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education or a member of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, as defined by the U.S. Education Department
Phone: (210) 434-6711 Ext. 2590
Fax : (210) 431-3946
Meet the TRiO - McNair Program Staff
Cristal Lopez, Annalisa Mendiola, Jennifer Latta
TRIO Director - Annalisa Mendiola, Ed.D.
Annalisa Mendiola, Ed.D. is Director of TRiO Programs at Our Lady of the Lake University, which includes the Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program in undergraduate research and Student Support Services (SSS). Annalisa is a former Interim Director at UTSA’s Early College High School. She also has taught in graduate-level courses in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, she has over 17 years in the PK-12 school system in various roles including teacher and instructional steward. In 2006, Annalisa was named a David L. Clark Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as an emerging researcher in educational leadership, administration and policy. Annalisa has a special interest in solo vocal music, and holds bachelors and master’s from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in music education and applied voice, respectively. She is a frequent adjudicator at vocal contests including the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Recently, Annalisa was invited to sing at a private gala in Mexico City. She maintains a private voice studio, and her former students are receiving national and international platforms. Annalisa’s research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis, college readiness, mathematics education and initiatives, particularly as it applies to college readiness.
McNair Project Specialist - Cristal Lopez, M.A.
Cristal Lopez is the Project Specialist for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program in undergraduate research. Most recently, Cristal completed her M.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in Prose from Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus. She is also a former McNair Scholar from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Cristal has advising experience from St. Philip’s College, of the Alamo Community Colleges campuses, where she worked in the Student Success Division. Cristal’s research interests include college readiness, particularly focusing upon the academic gaps that exist between high school and higher education. Additionally, she is interested in the under-examined complexities surrounding inequities in the workplace.
TRiO Administrative Secretary - Jennifer Latta, B.G.S.
Jennifer R. Latta, BGS, joined the OLLU TRiO team in July 2013. She has worked in higher education administrative support for over 5 years with TRiO and community outreach programs. As a first generation college graduate, she understands the populations that TRiO serves and appreciates the impact they can have for first generation and underserved student populations for their successful completion of a degree. Jennifer earned a Bachelors of General Studies with an emphasis on Women’s Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
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