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McNair Application Requirements

  • Matriculated student pursuing a baccalaureate degree at IUP;
  • Strong interest in pursuing a doctoral degree;
  • Sophomore or junior undergraduate at the time of application;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better;
  • U.S citizen or permanent U.S. resident, or in the U.S for other than a temporary purpose and provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his/her intent to become a permanent resident;
  • First-generation college student from a low-income background or belong to a underrepresented group (African American, Native American/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic American). The Department of Education also includes Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (with an affiliation with the United States, such as residents of American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands) in the underrepresented groups designation.
  • Submit a complete application postmarked or received by the deadline date; complete an interview; and be accepted into the program;
  • Live in Indiana, Pennsylvania, for the duration of the summer program.

For more information regarding eligibility, please consult our FAQ page.

Application Materials

  1. Complete the IUP McNair Scholars Program Participant Application
  2. Attach a photocopy of the appropriate federal income tax return
  3. Attach a photocopy of your most recent FAFSA form
  4. Attach a photocopy of your Indiana University of Pennsylvania financial aid award letter
  5. Attach an official transcript from each college and university previously attended, or arrange for an official transcript from each college and university to be sent to the IUP McNair Program office. 
  6. Deliver the recommendation forms to two faculty members, and, if desired, to a third member of the university or community. 

All applications and materials can be obtained, dropped off, or mailed to our office.

Application and Recommendation Forms

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McNair Scholars Application Form (PDF)
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McNair Scholars Recommendation Form (PDF)
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McNair Scholars Application Form (Word Document)
McNair Scholars Recommendation Form [1]Document icon
McNair Scholars Recommendation Form (Word Document)
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • 430 Sutton Hall
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3033
  • Fax: 724-357-3034
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.