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McNair Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions


The application for the program can be found on our website. Please note the application is long and requires a variety of data and information that will require time for you to locate and complete. You should allow yourself plenty of time to complete the forms, obtain the letters of recommendation, and supply the required information (i.e., copies of tax returns).

To qualify for the McNair Scholars Program, you must be either a low-income and first generation college student or a member of a group that is underrepresented in higher education.

Seniors may apply and be considered for the program depending upon their graduation date. If you are a graduating senior, please contact the program staff for more information.

The program is open to students from all majors.

A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for the program which is also the minimum to be a competitive applicant with most graduate schools. If your GPA is lower than a 3.0, please contact the program staff for more information.

No, the program is open only to students working on their first bachelor's degree.

The goal of the program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees from underrepresented segments of society. It is not designed for students who want to attend professional schools (law school, medical school, pharmacy school, business school, OT/PT school, etc.)

No. This is a research and graduate school preparation program. The program does, however, offer a summer stipend for independent research with a faculty mentor and a summer housing allowance. Additional funds for travel to cultural events and conferences will be provided.

No. There will be no impact to your financial aid.

McNair Scholars offers a GRE preparation course to help you prepare for the GRE exam (which is required by most graduate schools). In addition, scholars get to travel to conferences and attend cultural events for free. Workshops and seminars are provided to scholars which will help with the graduate school application process.

No. McNair Scholars apply to and are accepted into graduate schools nationwide.

The program expects scholars to apply to graduate schools during their senior year as an undergraduate student. However, scholars do not always attend graduate school immediately following completion of their bachelor's degree. The program does expect scholars to obtain a doctorate within ten (10) years of attaining their bachelor's degree.

If you are certain you want to earn a Ph.D., the program is absolutely worth your time and effort. McNair Scholars scholars receive graduate school application fee waivers from top graduate school across the nation and oftentimes, may receive lucrative graduate assistantships and fellowships from select graduate programs. Finally, McNair Scholars develop the knowledge and skill set that makes them relevant to the scholarly aims of top graduate programs; therefore, they are recruited by some of the best graduate programs in the nation.

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