The TRIO McNair Scholars program inspires and empowers students traditionally underrepresented in graduate education - first generation students with financial need and 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.
McNair consists of focused and challenging seminars, as well as intensive research completed by undergraduate students who are eligible, motivated and able to complete doctoral study. To be eligible to apply you must be:
McNair applications are opened at the beginning of each academic year. Priority is given to applications submitted by October 15 although applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, concerns, or require accommodations, please email our office at McNair@css.edu.
Scholars are provided with many services through the McNair Program. If selected, students are taught to:
In addition, they will receive the following:
Grant # ~ P217A120010
This Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is 100% federally funded at $242,600 annually through the U.S. Department of Education.
Troy Abfalter, MA
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Education Technology Coordinator
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"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