Eligibility and Benefits


A participant must meet the following requirements before becoming a McNair Scholar:

  • Be a first generation college student (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 strive for a 2.75 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

Program Benefits

  • Research Stipend
  • Travel Support (only for research and conference attendance)
  • Summer Housing (only for involvement in onsite active research)
  • Graduate School preparation seminars
  • Graduate School Tours
  • Laptop Loan
  • Faculty Mentor Guidance
  • Research Internships
  • Professional Development
  • Networking Opportunities