TRIO McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholar Graduates

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

The TRIO McNair Scholars program inspires and empowers first generation students with financial need and underrepresented students of color to succeed in doctoral study and advanced careers through an equitable and inclusive community engaged in research, scholarship and comprehensive personal development at the undergraduate level.

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Am I eligible to join the TRIO McNair Scholars program?

The TRIO McNair Scholars program provides educational access and success for income-eligible first generation students and underrepresented students of color. Federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education, McNair participants must meet the following eligibility requirements. 

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident; and
  • Enrolled in an institution of higher education with the intention of completing a Bachelor's degree; and
  • Be an income eligible (as defined by the Department of Education) first-generation student (neither natural/adoptive parent has a Bachelor's degree); 
  • Be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, or of Hispanic heritage).
STEM majors, sophomores, and TRIO alumni are especially encouraged to apply! The McNair program serves students from The College of St. Scholastica as well as students from Lake Superior College and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College who intend to transfer to CSS or another local institution. 
If you are interested in the McNair program but not eligible, please contact us for referral to other opportunities. 

How do I apply?

Please review McNair eligibility information prior to applying. 

McNair applications are opened at the beginning of each academic year. Priority is given to complete applications submitted by October 15th although applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, concerns, or require accommodations, please email our office at

What will I learn? 

The McNair program provides comprehensive learning and support designed to inspire and empower you to succeed in graduate study and an advanced career, including: 

  • Research with a faculty mentor.
  • Scholarly activities such as presentating your research. 
  • Seminars and other educational activities. 
  • One-on-one advising. 

In addition, participants have access to resources such as: 

  • Summer research stipends. 
  • Summer housing. 
  • Travel funds. 
  • GRE test prep materials. 
  • Application fee waivers and reductions. 
  • Tutoring. 


Grant # ~ P217A170051
This TRIO McNair Scholars Program is federally funded at $$260,137 annually through the U.S. Department of Education.

Contact Us

Troy Abfalter, MA
Tower Hall 2139
(218) 625-4833

Rachel Phelps-Horton
Academic Coordinator
Tower Hall 2132
(218) 723-6088

McNair Inquiry Form

"The McNair program really opened my eyes to the possibility of going to grad school. I was able to visit graduate schools and speak with professors, ask questions, and really see that this could be my future."

– Diana Mena, '17