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Foundation Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

The atmosphere at the McNair Field was one of cheerfulness and gratitude on May 17 as individuals from across Rutherford County gathered to celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation with food, fellowship, and fireworks.

Starting at 6:30 in the evening and lasting until 9, the event was full of fun and memories as people reflected on the impact that the McNair Foundation has had on Rutherford County for the past three decades. What started as a simple vision to help more Rutherford County students to attend college has blossomed into one of Rutherford County Schools’ (RCSNC) most pivotal supporters with 30 programs and 210 mentors impacting each student across all schools in the system. Students, mentors, and community members alike expressed their appreciation to the Foundation through written notes and spoken testimonials.

During the ceremony, the audience heard remarks from RCSNC superintendent Dr. Janet H. Mason, current and former students touched by the Foundation, and Cary McNair, son of Robert and Janice McNair and chairman and CEO of McNair Interests. While everyone spoke of the tremendous impact the McNair Foundation, Cary McNair brought an extra special message in sharing his personal experience and insights from his father’s legacy as a selfless philanthropist.

In drawing the ceremony to a close, Monica Lee, executive director of the Foundation, announced a new scholarship in honor of Robert McNair, the Robert McNair Memorial Scholarship. Three unsuspecting but exceptionally deserving students were presented with the inaugural award — a scholarship of $10,000 each to aid in their educational expenses. Many congratulations to Ja'Qualyn Logan of East Rutherford High School, Jacob Fry of R-S Central High School, and Lyndazha Burkins of Chase High School for being exceptional leaders in their schools and community and for exemplifying Robert McNair’s spirit of determination and humble service.

The 30th anniversary celebration ended with fireworks lighting the sky over the field named for Robert McNair. The McNair Foundation is honored to have served Rutherford County Schools students for thirty years and is excited to continue this work for many years to come!

Monica Lee presents Robert McNair Memorial Scholarship

The community enjoys food and fellowship

Robert McNair Memorial Scholarship recipients Jacob Fry (left), Lyndazha Burkins (middle), and Ja'Qualyn Logan (right)

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