The MAC Scholars Program

Students Leading Students to Greater Success

The Minority Achievement Committee, known informally as the MAC Scholars Program, is a student-led program aimed at improving the academic achievement of African-American males at Shaker Heights High School.

Widely emulated by schools all over the United States, the program was initiated by high-achieving African-American students in 1990 and continues to be led by high-achieving juniors and seniors. Key elements of the program include goal setting, mentoring, help with study skills, use of the academic support resources available at the High School, and public recognition of academic improvement.

In Their Own Words

The MAC program is continually evolving, refining techniques that work, experimenting with new ones, and expanding the dimensions of the project. Each year, the program takes on a slightly different character as the new leaders bring to it their special talents.


What remains constant are the wisdom and integrity of a group of high-achieving black male student leaders who have assumed some measure of responsibility for reversing the disturbing downward trend of their younger counterparts. The Scholars are steadfast in their belief that they can make an important difference and that their mission is to restore hope in the younger students that they will, indeed, have futures that hold promise.

The MAC Pledge

I am an African American and I pledge to uphold the name and image of the African-American man. I will do so by striving for academic excellence, conducting myself with dignity, and respecting others as if they were my brothers and sisters.

Contact Information

Mary Lynne McGovern (e-mail)
Academic Advisor

Shaker Heights High School
15911 Aldersyde Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
(216) 295-4208
(216) 295-4277 (fax)

Hubert McIntyre (e-mail)
MAC Scholars Advisor
Shaker Heights High School
15911 Aldersyde Drive
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
(216) 295-4200
(216) 295-4277 (fax)

The MAC program can be adapted to the needs and characteristics of any school. Download our detailed "how-to" guide to help you get started.
Read personal stories of high achievement from several of our MAC Scholars in the February-March 2011 issue of Shaker Life.
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