McNair Scholars Resources

McNair Scholars Summer 2012

University of Minnesota Summer 2012 McNair Scholars (photo by: Patrick O'Leary)

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Resources

Named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the astronauts who perished with the Challenger mission, this national TRIO program assists eligible first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families to prepare for and to enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. Participants include academically talented low-income, first-generation students and students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.

Graduate School Programs

McNair Scholars Application Fee Grants (deadline to request and submit - Dec 15th)

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McNair Scholars are encouraged to start their graduate school process by viewing the "Preparing for Graduate School" website. We encourage McNair Scholar to  complete the Graduate School's "McNair Contact Form" so they can receive important information about Graduate Program(s) and the application process. This is not a listserv, but rather just a helpful resource for those interested in studying at the University. You'll get a few emails until you decide to become an applicant.   

Recruitment Efforts 

Recruiting McNair Scholars Brochure: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Student Recruitment (PDF file).

We encourage McNair Scholars to contact the Graduate School Diversity Office at early in their graduate studies process in order to advise them with their graduate school pursuits and introduce them to the appropriate program(s). We offer application fee grants to qualifying McNair Scholars (see below). We are pleased to report that approximately 140 McNair Scholars applied to the Graduate School for Fall 2016. The states with the largest number of McNair Scholars applicants were: Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Texas and Georgia.

The University of Minnesota has an undergraduate McNair Scholars Program; these scholars are required to meet with GSDO staff one-on-one during their McNair experience

Article: Dr. Evelyn Davis-Venn: From McNair Scholar to U Professor (October, 2015)

Article:  Jason Jones:  From Serving in Iraq to Working on a Ph.D, U Scholar is "like a kid in a candy store" (September, 2017)

Summer Visitation Program

During the Summer, the Graduate School Diversity Office in collaboration with the Graduate School Admissions Office invites McNair Programs to our Graduate School Visitation Program held once a month (June, July, and Aug)  on the Twin Cities campus.  The day consists of a presentation about the process of applying for admission to graduate programs.  The students meet with faculty and staff to discuss their research, and receive a staff-led tour of the campus.  Our Summer McNair Visitation Program is highly successful; over 200 McNair Scholars from 17 McNair Scholars programs attended.   For more information about the Summer Visitation Program Agenda and planning your trip please click here.

McNair Scholar Visitation Program in the News (June 21, 2016)

National McNair Conferences

We recruit nationally at National McNair Scholar Symposiums to attract McNair Scholars.  We will be attending the following National Conference:

Please refer to our recruitment schedule to see a complete list of the events we attend.

Helpful Additional Resources for Prospective McNair Scholars

McNair Scholar: DOVE Fellowship (reseach-based graduate programs) & Professional Education Diversity Fellowship (professional programs)

The Graduate School of the University of Minnesota has designated at least two of its Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowships to be awarded to McNair Scholars applying for research-based graduate programs. The award includes a stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. For further information, please refer to the DOVE Fellowship Website.   

Please check the following website to determine if your program is considered a graduate or professional program.

For professional programs, a new Profesional Education Diversity Fellowship is being revised and is administered via the Provost Office; for current information please refer to the Professional Education Diversity Fellowship.

McNair Scholar Ambassadors

The McNair Scholar Ambassadors Program enables prospective McNair Scholars to connect with previous McNairs Scholars alumni, whom are also current or former graduate students of the University of Minnesota. The Ambassadors invite prospective McNair Scholars to ask about their campus experiences, graduate programs, and the Twin Cities communities. We would be glad to send you the University of Minnesota McNair Scholar Ambassadors Flyer. For more information, please contact Derek Maness at

McNair Alumni in Graduate Education at the University

As a TRiO Ronald E. McNair Scholar you are part of a large and supportive national network. The University of Minnesota has hosted a McNair program since 1991 and is one of the longest running programs in the country. We have over 400 alumni and a thriving University McNair community. We strongly encourage you to stop by and visit the McNair team. The team is happy to serve as one of the many resources and support networks you have available as you get acclimated to campus and complete your post baccalaureate degree(s). They are located in 40 Education Sciences building (East Bank Campus). They have a comprehensive website that lists key resources and an active Facebook page announcing McNair news and events. For more information please contact Anthony Albecker, Director of the McNair Scholars Program at or 612-625-0772.