Ronald E. McNair Scholars

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare low-income, first-generation and underrepresented minority students for graduate study. The program provides intensive research and scholarly engagement along with academic and financial support to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a McNair Scholar, you'll work with faculty mentors and have access to tutoring, research funding, GRE test preparation and application support for graduate school.

Contact Person:

Mulu Lemma, M.S.Ed, Director

Simone Savannah, PhD, Academic Services Coordinator


TRIO McNair Scholars Program

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate student with sophomore status (30 or more semester hours completed)
  • First-generation students planning on attending graduate school immediately after earning their bachelor's degree
  • 2.8+ Cumulative GPA
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Official Refugee status

Why this Program?

  • Summer research internships with a generous stipend
  • Six KU academic credits (three in independent study and three in research methods)
  • The mentorship of a KU faculty member
  • Tutoring in any course
  • GRE test preparation
  • Workshops on topics related to the graduate school application process
  • Academic, career and personal counseling
  • Individualized graduate school application assistance
  • All-expense paid trips to regional and national conferences1
  • Access to photocopiers, computers, color printers, a fax machine, and office supplies
  • Access to the McNair Lending Library
  • The opportunity to publish their research in the Kansas McNair Journal
  • The opportunity to present their research at the KU McNair Research Symposium2
  • The ability to borrow technology such as laptops and digital recorders

Application Window for Fall 2022:

Applications open October 1st with a rolling admission deadline

To begin your application, click here to complete the eligibility quiz

Once you confirm your eligibility, request an application by emailing