McNair Scholars Program - Eligibility

Only institutions of higher education and combinations of institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for the McNair Scholars Program grant awards. If you have further questions about institutional eligibility, please contact

  • U.S. Department of Education regulations specify that students who qualify for the McNair Scholars Program must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at an eligible institution. In all projects, at least two-thirds of the participants must be low-income and first-generation college students. The remaining participants may be from groups that are underrepresented in graduate education. Participants must also be a citizen of the United States of America and have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • The University of Southern Mississippi McNair Scholars Program additionally specifies that participants must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, be committed to pursuing and completing a PhD, and stay in the program until graduation.

Recruiting takes place in March and April each year with a new class of Scholars beginning each October. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, please contact our office at (601) 266-6544 to make an appointment.