Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the McNair program?

The purpose of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to provide disadvantaged college students with effective preparation for doctoral study.

When are applications due?

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.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

If you are a sophomore status student, please submit one recommendation form at minimum. If you are a junior status student, please submit two recommendations form at minimum one of which must be from a teaching faculty.

Can my recommender write a letter instead of filling out the form?


Who can be in the program?

The McNair Scholars Program serves current Wayne State University undergraduate students who are either low-income first generation college students or from backgrounds underrepresented in graduate education as stipulated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Where can I drop off my application?

You may email your materials to our Program Coordinator Marie Villanueva: 

More questions?

Contact our Program Director Zach Morales, PhD: