Meet the McNair Scholars

To be selected as a McNair Scholar applicants must complete an extensive application process. We select scholars based on academic merit, faculty/staff recommendations, and clarity of purpose by way of an entrance essay. Our scholars are known for being high-achieving and are amongst the top of their classes at our university.

Spring 2020

Kentaro Johnson

Major: Social Science

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Kymbranecia Richards

Major: Computer Information Systems

Hometown: Indianola, MS


 Amber Straw

Major: Biology

Hometown: Greenville, MS


Stephen Turner

Major: Mathhematics

Hometown: Cleveland, MS


Shaquavious Walker

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Cleveland, MS


Alyssa Trim

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Cleveland, MS

Fall 2019 Cohort

Sykina Butts

Major: English Education

Hometown: Kilmichael, MS

 Lemarcus Hudson

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Indianola, MS

Kyla Rice

Major: Speech Language Pathology

Hometown: Greenville, MS

Kye’ Richardson

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Cleveland, MS

Spring 2019 Cohort

Victoria Granberry

Major: Exercise Science

Hometown: Clarksdale, MS


Miracle Hurn

Major: Geospatial Information Systems

Hometown: Cleveland, MS

Maneia Sparks

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Cleveland, MS


Fall 2018 Cohort

Denicia Diew

Major: Biology

Hometown: Yazoo City, MS

Spring 2018

Khyla Grant

Major: Nutrition and Dietetics

Hometown: Greenwood,MS

Stevena King

Major: Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Leland, MS