Eligibility Criteria for McNair Scholars Participation

Applications for the next cohort will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to low-income first generation college students. Applicants will receive notification if they have been selected for an in person interview.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the McNair Achievement Program:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America
  • Considered low income, first generation college student, and/or a member of a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education (e.g. African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, or a student with a disability). 
    • In accordance to Federal government guidelines, a first-generation student is one whose parents have not earned a Bachelor's degree. If you lived with only one parent  before the age of 18, consider the educational status of only that parent.
    • Low income is defined by the Federal government using the family's taxable income from the IRS Form 1040. Please see the Department of Education website for low-income level determinations.
  • Completed a minimum of 60 credits hours
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher
  • Full-time student at Wayne State enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Committed to earning a Doctorate Degree in a field of study

Students wishing to pursue law, dentristry, medicine, optometry or veterinary careers are not eligible for this program unless they intend to do a dual degree that includes a PhD.

For the application form, please click here: McNair Scholars Application

For the recommendation form, please click here:  McNair Scholars Recommendation 

Learn about McNair policy and procedures: McNair Scholars Student Handbook  2023-2024