McNair Scholars Program

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The Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, physicist and astronaut who perished on the Challenger space shuttle accident on January 28, 1986. The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare eligible undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

The University works closely with students as they complete their undergraduate degree requirements. Students are encouraged to pursue graduate degrees with a focus on earning a doctorate degree and to maintain contact with us as they progress toward degree completion. The goal is to increase the attainment of doctorate degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.


 Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be a first-generation college student AND be income-eligible OR be from a group underrepresented (African American, Hispanic, Native American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians and Native American Pacific Islanders) in graduate education
  • Must not have completed a baccalaureate degree
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Must have at least 60 credit hours by end of summer 2016
  • Must be a high achiever interested in research
 Program Features
  • Provides a $2,800 stipend
  • Provides a scholarship to pay for a portion of summer housing and tuition
  • Provides Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Prep Course
  • Provides assistance in preparing for application and entrance into a graduate program within their field of study
  • Provides faculty mentorship within the student’s field of study
  • Provides opportunities to network with graduate students
  • Provides opportunities for scholars to design and engage in research and attend professional meetings in their disciplines
 Program Benefits
  • Enhances the participants’ academic experience
  • Develops a strong foundation for academic and career success




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Carolyn J. Cawthon, M.Ed.
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