Frequently asked questions about IUP McNair Scholars Program
How do I apply for the McNair Scholars Program?
All applications can be obtained, dropped off, or mailed to our office located in 430 Sutton Hall.
Please use the following address.
IUP McNair Scholars Program1011 South DriveSutton Hall, Room 430Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndiana, PA 15705
For more information on applying to the program, including applications and recommendation forms, see our How to Apply page.
Who is eligible for the McNair Program?
Note: Students whose career goals include the medical (MD) or professional (JD, DVM) fields are not eligible for the IUP McNair Program.
A student may qualify either as underrepresented, or as first-generation and low-income.
The U.S. Department of Education considers the following ethnic/racial groups to be underrepresented at the graduate/doctoral level of education and as faculty members in academia:
Note: in order to be eligible for the program, a student must be both first-generation and low-income.
First Generation means that neither of your parents has received a degree from a four-year college or university.
Low-Income means that your total family income is below “Annual Low Income Levels” defined for Federal TRIO Programs (listed below).
To find whether or not your family is considered “low-income”:
Remember to use your family's taxable income, which can be significantly less than gross income.
Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels
(Effective January 17, 2017 until further notice)
For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,270 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,845 for Alaska; and $7,215 for Hawaii.
The term low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services in the Federal Register, on January 31, 2017.
Who was Dr. Ronald E. McNair?
Born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina, Ronald McNair achieved early success as both a student and an athlete at Carver High School, Lake City, South Carolina. He graduated in 1967 as valedictorian and enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1971 with a BS degree in physics. He went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1976, where he specialized in quantum electronic and laser technology. As a student, he performed some of the earliest work on chemical HF/DF and high pressure CO lasers, publishing path-breaking scientific papers on the subject.
After completing his PhD, he began working as a physicist at the Optical Physics Department of Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, and conducted research on electro-optic laser modulation for satellite-to-satellite space communications.
In January 1978, NASA selected him to enter the astronaut cadre, making him one of the first three black Americans selected. Dr. McNair died on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
Can I apply for Financial Aid?
Financial Aid for Minority Students