• Matthew McSwain

McNair staff visits college students across N.C.


Monica Lee, Chace Tate, & Ryan Carson at WSSU

The staff of The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation have travelled throughout North Carolina in the last two months with a goal to visit with and encourage as many college/university students as possible. All of the students were Rutherford County Schools alumni that have been involved with foundation activities and programs. So far the foundation staff have been to 15 college campuses where they have visited with over 80 students from 18 different colleges and universities.


College students, like many others, have had to adjust their entire experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many classes have been held online and students have not had campus events or normalcy. “With most of our students taking classes remotely, they are feeling very isolated, even if they are on campus.” said Monica Lee, Executive Director, McNair Educational Foundation. “We felt it was important to check in with our students, let them know we care and that we are here to help them when they need it. It was also nice for them to just see a familiar face from home.”


“It was exciting to see familiar faces in what has been a stressful semester. I was glad that they made the trip.” said Zach Anderson, a Senior at Wake Forest University.


“When the McNair Foundation visited me I felt so loved and supported by my county.” said Eva Humphries, a Sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. “I told all of my roommates and friends on campus how excited I was to see people from Roco!”

Lindsey Ficklin, Doug Hollars, & Carolyn Braley at ASU
Shane O'Donnell, Kaitlyn Whisnant, & Carol Deaton at ECU

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