What is the McNair Scholars Program?
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions encourage participants to enroll in graduate programs and then track their progress through successful completion of advanced degrees with an overall goal to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented backgrounds.