The Foundation also offers scholarships at the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Newberry College, and Virginia Tech
In August 2005, the McNair Foundation committed to support the HISD fine arts strategic initiative over four years, expanding the pilot program begun in August of 2000 with the intention of providing partnership-based arts education and experiences to inner city students.
The McNair Foundation's support for the publication of an elementary curriculum Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), an award-winning national model for interdisciplinary learning, is designed to establish the museum's permanent collection as a major instructional resource for elementary teachers.
Through the Young Audiences of Houston, the McNair Foundation is providing seed money for the development of fine arts programs at: Briarmeadow Charter School, Grace School, Houston Christian High School, KIPP Academy (five schools) and YES Preparatory Schools (nine schools).
Through the American Festival of Arts, the McNair Foundation supports at-risk inner city youth with classical arts education.
The McNair Chair at the Houston Symphony, began in 1998 as a 10 year commitment.
Project GRAD Houston (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) is a non-profit pre K through 16 education reform model that provides additional resources to school districts, including teachers, students and families.
Recipe for Success is a publication for Kids Cooking cookbook in the summer of 2007, a program designed to combat childhood obesity.
Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) is a Texas Education Agency approved Coordinated School Health Program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices, and to prevent tobacco use in elementary school aged children.
Health Education and Discovering Science while Unlocking Potential (HEADS UP) is an initiative to excite middle and high school students about science. HEADS UP seeks to improve health literacy and increase student interest for health science careers by providing cutting-edge content from world-renowned researchers in the Texas Medical Center and beyond.
Funding the Neuhaus Education Center to allow the Center to provide scholarships to teachers in the Houston Independent School District to train teachers in the Yates, Lee and Reagan High School feeder patterns. They receive professional development in strategies to teach the basic language skills of reading, writing, and spelling to all students including dyslexic and challenged students.
Teach for America helps recruit, select, train and provide ongoing support and professional development to the 250 Houston corps members that are teachers in Houston and the Alief Independent School Districts this year.
I Have a Dream Houston helps low-income, inner city children graduate from high school and go on to attend college through mentoring and after-school programs.