The McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is currently accepting applications from students to start their program in Fall 2020. The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Ronald E. McNair. The Program is administered through the Office of Graduate Studies and is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, with additional University of Nebraska–Lincoln in-kind support.

The UNL McNair Scholars Program is structured to:

- support talented, highly motivated students as they strive to achieve their educational goals,
- introduce scholars to the many opportunities an academic life offers,
- provide scholars with a foundation for graduate school, and
- create a "pipeline" of talented, dedicated, and prepared future researchers and faculty.

Through the UNL McNair Scholars Program, scholars receive an overview of higher education, discuss strategies for surviving and thriving in graduate school, and focus on developing important research and writing skills that will help them succeed at the graduate level.

Undergraduate students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the UNL McNair Scholars Program:

- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Full-time student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln who plans to pursue graduate education with the ultimate goal of earning a Ph.D.
- Freshman, sophomore or junior with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above
- Either a first-generation college student with a maximum income level established by the U.S. Department of Education OR a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education.

For more information about the McNair Scholars Program and information about the benefits and opportunities related to the program, please visit There is also a video about the program located here.

The application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020. You can find more information about application materials and a link to start the application here:

Questions? Please contact Carol Boehler at or 402-472-5062.

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