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Applicant's Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible for the program if you are:

  • A low-income (please refer to this chart to determine if you meet this criterion) AND first-generation college student (a first generation college student is defined by the Federal government as a student who has not resided with or received primary support from a parent who has received a BA degree or equivalent);
  • *Or underrepresented in your field of study at the doctoral level (the US Department of Education considers students who are African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American to be underrepresented in higher education);
  • Must have completed at least 75 quarter units by the end of the Winter quarter when you apply;
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident status.

How to Apply

To apply for the program:

  • Read the FAQ and the Applications Process pages on this web site.
  • Complete and submit the eligibility form online. Online submission form will open on February 1, 2018. The eligibility form will be due Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM.
  • You can submit supporting documents (CPP Unofficial Transcript, Community College Unofficial Transcripts (if applicable), CPP Financial Aid Package Summary (from BroncoDirect)) via the online submission portal (click here to submit supporting documents). You can also bring supporting documents to the McNair Scholars Program Office, located in the Science Building, Third floor, Room 8-306. The supporting documents will be due on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:30 PM. Once your eligibility has been established, you will be given an application.

  • A Sample Eligibility Form (PDF) is now available. Please use this form as a guideline of what information you will need to gather for the online submission (available starting February 1st).

Information is also available at the McNair Program Office:
Science Building (Bldg. 8), Room 306.
Third floor, to the immediate right of the elevator.

Apply for the McNair Scholars Program