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McNair Scholars

Welcome to the McNair Scholars Program!

We Are Currently Recruiting Undergraduate Students 
for Our 2025 Graduating Cohort!

Contact us at if you have questions.

And by appointment

 CWU Covid-19 Updates

Download an application below!

We accept applications for our two-year program on a rolling basis
Download PDF application and Recommender Form


CWU represents one of the original McNair institutions in the country, and is among the first in Washington State!  Funded by Congress through the U.S. Department of Education, there are 206 McNair Programs on campuses nationwide.

CWU is committed to increasing the number of low-income, first-generation undergraduates, and underrepresented minority students who earn doctoral degrees.

This program prepares participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

If you are considering a career in research or university teaching, you should see if you qualify to participate in the CWU McNair Scholars Program. Your participation in this program will not only enhance your qualifications as a candidate for graduate school, it will give you the opportunity to experience the professional side of academia firsthand.


Benefits Eligibility
  • Paid summer research;

  • Guidance throughout the graduate school process,

  • Funding opportunities to visit graduate schools,

  • Funding opportunities to present research and attend conferences, and

  • Opportunities to attend cultural events.

  • US citizen or permanent resident;
  • A stated goal of obtaining a PhD;
  • Low-income and first in your family to receive a bachelor's degree, and or
  • Underrepresented minority (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander including Native Hawaiian), and
  • A minimum major GPA of 3.1, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9.


Mission Statement

Program Overview



View our Newsletter: The McNair Affair 

Main Office - Language & Literature 103
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our staff is primarily working from home,
but we would be happy to meet via Zoom and in-person by appointment. 

Current Scholars: You still have access to our resource room, if you have not picked up your keys, let us know!

Please contact us at with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Thank you! 
- the McNair Scholars Program Staff.


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