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McNair Scholars Program Prospective Scholars

Information for prospective scholars


A participant must meet the following requirements before becoming a McNair Scholar:

Be a first-generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year degree) and financially qualified as defined by the U.S. Department of Education


Be from a group underrepresented in graduate education (African-American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian)

All participants must also meet the requirements below:

  • Be an undergraduate student.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal U.S. resident.
  • Aspire to pursue a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in your field of choice.
  • Have not previously earned a four-year degree.
  • Be committed to participating in scheduled scholarly activities and research.


Thank you for your interest in the McNair Scholars Program! In order to be considered for participation in the McNair Scholars Program, please complete the interest form here.

If it is determined you may be eligible, you will then receive an application via email with instructions for submitting your application and completing everything on it.

Program Benefits

  • Faculty-mentored research experiences to develop and refine research skills and understand the rigors and culture of the discipline.
  • Access to scholarly activities that increase the rigor of undergraduate experience and enhance graduate school credentials.
  • Opportunities to present at academic and research conferences to network and develop professional presentation skills.
  • Visits to graduate schools to identify potential graduate programs.
  • Assistance with the graduate school preparation and application process.



An individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level amount.

See the Department of Education's website for information on income limited levels

First-generation (First-gen)

An individual whose parents and/or guardians have not completed a four-year (bachelor's) degree.

For more information, visit the Center for First Generation Student Success


An individual who identifies as one (or more) of the following racial and ethnic groups:

Black (non-Hispanic)


American Indian

Alaskan Native

Native Hawaiian

Native American Pacific Islander