McNair Scholars Program Eligibility

group of NMU parentsWho is eligible for the McNair Scholars Program? Applicants must be: 


  • First generation college students (neither parents has earned a four year college degree) and considered low income according to Federal TRIO Program Low Level Income Levels. Individuals who are considered under-represented in graduate school (Native American, African American, or Hispanic) may also qualify for our program.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Currently enrolled full time as an undergraduate at Northern Michigan University;
  • Be dedicated to entering a Ph.D. doctoral program;
  • Have completed at least 40 credit hours by the end of the fall semester with a 2.75 overall grade point average; and
  • Be committed to completing the summer research component.

Interested in learning more about the McNair program and eligibility requirements? Take a moment to read over our Frequently Asked Questions or feel free to stop by our office at 145 Whitman Hall.