YES Prep alumna chosen for the prestigious McNair Scholar program at Trinity University

We are excited to announce that East End Class of 2013 alumna, Megan Medrano, has been named a McNair Scholar!

From Trinity University:

First-generation students receive academic counseling, research opportunities, summer internships, and more

San Antonio – Eleven students at Trinity University have become the latest McNair Scholars as part of a prestigious program that prepares participants for doctoral studies through research and related scholarly activities.

Named after the late physicist and Challenger shuttle astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair and funded by Trinity and a U.S. Department of Education grant, the McNair Scholars Program offers academic counseling, financial aid assistance, mentoring, research opportunities, seminars, paid summer internships, and graduate admissions guidance.  

“Trinity's McNair alumni have achieved success at some of the nation's foremost graduate programs in a wide variety of academic disciplines, and we expect nothing less from our newest Scholars,” said Michael Soto, associate professor of English and McNair Scholars director at Trinity.

Since its inception at Trinity in November 2007, the program has served a total of 92 first-generation, low-income, and/or under-represented students.  The new Scholars who began participation this fall are: 

Scholar: Megan Medrano 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Economics & Sociology 
Hometown: Houston

Scholar: Karina Cabrera 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Hometown: Humble, Texas

Scholar: Amanda Cantu 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Biology 
Hometown: San Antonio

Scholar: Liliana Diaz 
Class/Major: Sophomore/International Business 
Hometown: Fort Worth

Scholar: Cole Evans 
Class/Major: Junior/Psychology & Neuroscience 
Hometown: Dallas

Scholar: Martel Matthews 
Class/Major: Junior/Business Marketing 
Hometown: Houston

Scholar: Yvette Muniz 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Geoscience 
Hometown: San Antonio

Scholar: Heather Robinson 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Music Composition 
Hometown: San Antonio

Scholar: Anthony Sanchez 
Class/Major: Sophomore/History & International Studies 
Hometown: Sinton, Texas

Scholar: Steven Sannoh 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Accounting 
Hometown: Houston

Scholar: Nicholas Swanson 
Class/Major: Sophomore/Engineering Science & Physics 
Hometown: North Richland Hills, Texas

Tutorial faculty for the program for the 2014-2015 academic year are Rosana Blanco-Cano, assistant professor of modern languages and literature; Jack Leifer, associate professor of engineering science; and Jennifer Steele, associate professor of physics and astronomy. For more information, contact Trinity's McNair Scholars Program at 210-999-7194 or

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