Key eligibility criteria that a student must meet to be considered for the McNair Scholars Program include, but are not limited to:

Being a first-generation (neither parent has Bachelor’s degree) low-income student OR a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education

Being a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States*

Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Nearing completion of their Sophomore or Junior year 

*Detailed eligibility criteria can be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education


To Apply:


Students wishing to apply to be a McNair Scholar will be asked to show: minimum 15 credit hours enrollment in a degree granting program; qualification as either low-income/first-generation or from a group underrepresented in graduate education.

Completed applications will include: 1) Application form; 2) Personal statement addressing undergraduate academic experiences, graduate school plans and research interests; 3) Name and contact information of two academic references (at least  one from faculty) who can address the applicant’s motivation, aptitude, and potential participation benefits; 4) Current 3.0 GPA; and 5) Documentation supporting low-income, first-generation, underrepresented status.

Application review for Sophomores/students graduating May 2026 begins April 15th.



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