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Who is eligible to be a McNair Scholar?

Eligibility for the program:

In order to be considered for the McNair program, a student needs to meet both Federal TRIO and UW-Eau Claire criteria: 

Federal TRIO criteria:

A prospective scholar must be:

  1. A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. 150% below federal government determined poverty line ("low-income") and from a family in which neither parent graduated from a four-year postsecondary educational institution


    From groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate studies and among doctoral recipients. (The federal government defines "underrepresented" to include:
    • Black (non-Hispanic)
    • Hispanic
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders

UW-Eau Claire criteria:

A prospective scholar must also be:

  • A UW-Eau Claire student
  • Have potential and desire to apply for, enter, and pursue a graduate program leading to a research doctorate
  • Be nominated by a UW-Eau Claire faculty or academic staff member
  • Have a minimum standing of rising sophomore with a GPA of 2.75 or greater

Take this quiz to find out if you are eligible.