McNair Scholars

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for the McNair Program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria, set by the Department of Education. Because this is a federally funded program, these are strict requirements.

To be eligible, you:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Must be a low-income student who is also a first-generation college student; or must be a member of a group that is underrepresented in higher education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) regardless of parents' education or family income;
  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program at CWU1;
  • Must have completed 90 quarter credits by the time you begin the Research Fellowship,
  • Must have at least one year remaining before graduation;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9, and a major GPA of at least 3.1;
  • Must express a desire to attain a Ph.D.2

1Post-baccalaureate students and students who already have one bachelor degree are not eligible for the program.

2Students whose career goals include a medical (MD)or other professional degree (JD, MBA, PharmD, etc.) are not eligible for the program, unless they are paired with a Ph.D. (i.e. MD -Ph.D. or JD-Ph.D.). But, click here to see a list of alternate degrees that satisfy the McNair requirements (after clicking, scroll to the bottom of the page).