Eligibility Criteria for McNair Scholars Participation

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: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html  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.

Apply to the McNair Scholars Program

The application for the 2019-2020 cohort will open on August 1, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive notification if they have been selected for an in person interview. Apply using this PDF application McNair Scholars Application 2019

McNair Scholars Student Handbook