McNair Scholars Program

  • The McNair Scholars Program, established in 1989, is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education that academically and financially supports first-generation or underrepresented college-bound students with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of low-income or minority doctoral students.

    After being accepted into the program, McNair Scholars have access to a variety of services that the program offers. Financially, these include fee waivers and graduate fellowships at participating universities, the opportunity to participate in a four-week summer research program from which participants receive a stipend of up to $2,400, and travel support to professional conferences and graduate school campuses. Academically, McNair Scholars are given opportunities to acquire higher-level research and presentation skills, access to tutoring and working with a faculty mentor, and assistance in GRE preparation and graduate admissions. More personal services include assistance in selecting a graduate school and access to cultural enrichment programs.

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania is one of the approximately 180 universities and colleges that participate in the McNair Scholars Program.

    For more information, visit the McNair Scholars Program website.