Eligibility & Applications

Students who are selected for participation in the UWM Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program are called McNair Scholars. McNair Scholars are part of a prestigious, national network with a long tradition of excellence.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is part of the Federal TRIO Program within the U.S. Department of Education, and must follow certain eligibility and reporting requirements.

To be eligible to be a McNair Scholar, a student must meet all the following federal requirements and UWM Program requirements below.

Federal Eligibility Requirements

  • McNair Scholars must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • In addition, McNair Scholars must either:
    • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has received a four-year bachelor’s degree) and be considered low-income as determined by the Federal TRIO Programs: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html.


    • Be from a TRIO-defined “group underrepresented in graduate education." The following ethnic and racial groups are considered underrepresented in graduate education: Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders (as published in the Federal Register).

Academic and Other Requirements

Each McNair Scholar must also:
  • Plan to attend graduate school after graduating from UWM, with the intention of receiving a PhD.
  • Have junior or senior standing at UWM.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Agree in writing to satisfy all program requirements.
  • Obtain three recommendations, one of which must be prepared by a faculty member.
  • Agree to not work or attend classes during the summer research internship, and attend all other year-round, program activities.
  • Enroll in and attend the McNair Graduate Research Seminar during the Spring 2020 semester.
    • This one-hour, 1-credit course will be held on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
    • This course will prepare scholars for the summer research internship, which begins in June 2020.
    • Admitted Scholars must enroll in the course before the start of the Spring 2020 semester.
    • Cost of enrollment is covered by the UWM McNair Scholars Program.