McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The McNair Scholars Program, a TRiO program, was established in 1986 in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Dr. Ronald E. McNair. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, which is dedicated to the high standard of achievement that Dr. McNair represented. The overall goal of this TRiO program is to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in graduate education by providing enriching experiences, support, and guidance to program participants.
McNair Scholars are required to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of an experienced university faculty member from his or her discipline. This type of work prepares the Scholar for graduate-level research. The research includes the following:
Scholars are also highly encouraged to pursue additional research in off-campus research internships
Development and completion of original research idea
Development of professional research paper
$2800 research stipend
Room and board for those who qualify
Presentation of research at national conferences
Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
- Ronald E. McNair, PhD
- Sophomore or Junior OLLU Student
GPA of 3.0 or higher
First generation college student who meets income criteria
set by the U.S. Education Department OR Member of a group that is
traditionally underrepresented in graduate education as defined by the
U.S. Education Department (Hispanic, African American, Native American,
Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islander)
Special Note: Individuals whose sole interest is obtaining a
professional doctorate such as the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
(DVM), Juris Doctorate (JD), or Medical Doctorate (MD) are not eligible
for the program, unless interested in the possibility of a dual degree
(JD/PhD, MD/PhD, etc.). Individuals with such interests are encouraged
Cristal Lopez, MA
- Completed application
- 300-word essay
- Unofficial transcript
- Two letters of recommendation (from OLLU faculty members)
- Copy of most recent income tax forms
McNair Project Specialist
Phone: 210-434-6711, ext.
Fax : 210-431-3946
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