Program Eligibility

‚ÄčThe McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare its participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair scholars are from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate strong academic potential. Program staff work closely with the scholars through their undergraduate career, provide training for entrance into graduate programs and track their progress through the successful completion of advanced degrees. The goal of the McNair program is to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from underrepresented segments of society.

To be eligible for the program, you must be either:
  • A student of any ethnicity who is both a first generation college student (neither parent has received a college degree - they can have received an associate's degree and/or some college and you will still be considered first generation) and considered low income according to federal guidelines (click here to access Trio income guidelines)
  • A member of an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) in graduate education
In addition, you must be:
  • Seriously interested in preparing for graduate education and attaining a research doctorate
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled full-time at Central Michigan University
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Able to have completed at least 56 credits before beginning the summer research experience
If you are qualifying for the program as a low income and first generation college student, it is important to verify your income status prior to submitting your application to make sure that you do qualify. We would like to confirm this beforehand, otherwise we will be unable to consider your application if your income status does not meet the specified federal levels. See Federal Trio Income Guidelines or contact the office at 774-1364 for assistance.

NOTE: In order to qualify as a first generation college student, neither parent can have received a college degree. However, one or more parent CAN have attended some college and even received an associate's degree and you will still qualify.
The majority of our students must be low income and first generation college students (of any ethnicity). The McNair program strives to service students who fit all major criteria including low income, first generation AND underrepresented. All students must demonstrate a sincere interest in pursuing a Ph.D. Please see McNair program legislation and regulations for further information (U.S. Department of Education).