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McNair Scholars Program


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The McNair Scholars Program, officially known as the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement  Program, is a federally funded TRiO program.  The program is designed to prepare students for graduate study through involvement of research and other scholarly activities.  This program, established in 1986 and named in honor of  Challenger space shuttle astronaut Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D., is underwritten by the Department of Education.

The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to      increase the attainment of graduate degrees by    talented students in all disciplines from historically underrepresented segments of society.  At Jackson State University, program participants are either first generation college students who meet the financial eligibility or from ethnic backgrounds that lack representation in graduate level education.

The McNair Scholars Program is dedicated to preserving  Dr. McNair’s legacy of scholarship and achievements.


A participant must meet the following requirements

before becoming a McNair Scholar:

¨ Be first generation to college (where neither parent  completed a four-year degree) and financially qualified as defined by the US Department of Education; OR

¨ Be from an underrepresented group of graduate education (African-American, Hispanic-Latino, Native      American and Alaskan, other Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian).

All participants must also meet the requirements below:

¨ Be a Jackson State University undergraduate student

¨ Be either a sophomore entering junior status or a junior at the time of acceptance

¨ Have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher

¨ Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal U.S. resident

¨ Aspire to pursue a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in your field of choice

¨ Have not previously earned a four-year degree

¨ Be committed to participating in scheduled enrichment programs and Summer Research Internship