Eligibility Criteria for McNair Scholars Participation

The application for the 2019-2020 cohort will open on August 17, 2019 and closes November 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and 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.

Apply to the McNair Scholars Program Spring/Summer 2020 Recruitment 

The McNair Scholars Program is now accepting limited requests for admission eligibility review, complete this survey and a staff member will be in contact via email: McNair Scholars Interest Form

McNair Scholars Student Handbook  2019-2020