McNair Scholar Program

The McNair Scholar Program is a great scholarship opportunity if you’re planning on going to grad school and if you’re either a minority or a low-income first-generation college student.  More info below.

Printable PDF of McNair Applications are now online:

You are invited to apply for the McNair Scholar Program. The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduates for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. For more information please go to:

In order to apply for the McNair Program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria, set by the U.S. Department of Education. Because this is a federally funded program, these are strict requirements.

To be eligible, you:
· must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
· must be a low-income student who is also a first-generation college student (for detailed descriptions, click on the links); or must be a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
· must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program at the UW1
· must have completed 36 credits by the time of initial entry into the program
· must have at least one year remaining before graduation (i.e., if you are graduating within the year, you are not eligible for the program)
· must have a minimum cumulative GPA of: 2.8 (sophomores), 3.0 (juniors), 3.2 (seniors)
· must express STRONG desire to attain a Ph.D.2

1 Post-baccalaureate students and students who already have one bachelors degree are not eligible for the program.
2 Students whose career goals include a medical (MD) or other professional degree (JD, MBA, PharmD, etc.) are not eligible for the program.


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