McNair Scholars Application Process

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The following application needs to be completed for consideration in the the McNair Scholars Program.

Please return your application to:
Natalie Strobach
McNair Scholars Program Director
104B Davee Library
River Falls, WI 54022

 Application Instructions

Please prepare the following statements and documentation on separate sheets of paper and attach to your application.

 Personal Statement (1,000 Words Maximum)

A statement of purpose is required of all applicants. In this statement, describe the strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study. Discuss your reasons for undertaking graduate study at the doctoral level and your career objectives. Explain why you should be selected for participation in the McNair Program and what you expect to gain from this experience. In addition, identify the contributions you wish to make to your chosen field of study as well as to your community. Address each of these topics in a statement not to exceed 1,000 words.

 Letters of Recommendation (2)

Two sealed and completed recommendation forms are required in your application packet (forms are provided). These forms must come from faculty, preferably in your major. Distribute the appropriate form to your recommenders. Ask them to complete it, seal it in one of their own envelopes, and sign across the flap before returning to you. Include the unopened recommendations in your application packet. Please remember to give the forms to your recommenders early so that they can return them to you in time for inclusion in your application packet. Letters may be sent directly from recommender to our office if that is more convenient.



 Most Recent Federal Income Tax Return

If your parent(s) or someone else can claim you as a dependent on his/her tax return, you must submit a copy of that person's 2013 federal income tax return.  If your college/university considers you to be "independent," please note the following categories and submit a copy of the appropriate documentation:   

  • Single
  • Married filing jointly
  • Married filing separately (please include a copy of spouse's most recent federal income tax return)
  • Head of household (with qualifying person)
  • Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child If you are unsure of which forms you need to send, please contact our office.
  • Please do not email us copies of your W2 forms
  • Make sure your tax forms are signed and dated by the appropriate person
 Most Recent Student Aid Report (SAR)

Please submit a copy of your 2014-2015 SAR. Include this with your application packet in addition to tax information. If you do not have a current SAR, but filed the FAFSA, please print and sign a copy from your on-line access through the processing center's website. Again, please sign and date the SAR.

You must be interested in earning a Ph.D. in your area of interest.  The McNair Scholars program will accept students who want to pursue dual degrees such as MD/ PhD, DDS/PhD, or PharmD/PhD. The Mcnair Scholars Program does not support students seeking to obtain professional degrees such as JD, MD, DDS, or PharmD.

Student Application Documents