McNair Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications!

The UW-Madison Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year! Applications will remain open on the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through October 16th, 2020.

The McNair Scholars Program is an academic excellence opportunity for undergraduate students with aspiration and strong academic potential for advancing toward doctoral (Ph.D.) study upon completing the bachelor’s degree. The program creates a bridge between undergraduate and graduate education through academic, research, and scholarly experiences.  Students selected for the McNair Scholars Program join a supportive community of peers, faculty, staff, and alumni.  For more information about the program, please visit the McNair Scholars Program website at or through email at

Eligibility: UW Madison undergraduate students must meet either criterion (1) OR (2). All students must meet criterion (3) and (4).

1) First-generation college student as well as a low-income student

2) Member of traditionally underrepresented groups* in graduate education: African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian (*according to federal guidelines, Asian American, including Southeast Asian Americans are eligible under criterion 1).

3) A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.9 and 45 earned college credits.

4) US citizen or permanent resident.

*Preference will be given to applicants who meet criteria #1 and can participate in the program for a minimum of 12 full months (full academic year, including the summer before graduation). However, all eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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This post was authored by Audra Hernandez on 09/22/2020.