McNair Scholars Application Process

Application Process:

Click here for McNair Scholars Letter to the Applicant

The following Preliminary Application needs to completed for consideration in the the McNair Scholars Program.

Preliminary McNair Application Formdocument

Nanette Jordahl
Interim Director of McNair Scholars Program
107 Davee Library
River Falls, WI 54022

Eligibility Requirements:

To determine eligibility in McNair Scholars Program, students must be:

From a family that qualifies as low incomelink (taxable income below 150% of the current federally-determined poverty level) and be a first-generation college student (neither parent/guardian obtained a Bachelor’s degree), to determine low income status use your 2012 tax return


A member of a group that is historically under represented at the doctoral level. The Department of Education defines these groups as Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native, and, in some fields, women.

Eligible applicants MUST also be: 

Citizens or nationals of the US, or a permanent resident
Currently enrolled or accepted for admission to UW - River Falls
Transfer students are encouraged to apply

Eligible applicants will meet the following academic criteria: 

•Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred

•Sophomore or junior standing with a minimum of 45-60 credits completed.

•Desire to pursue a Ph.D. in an academic area (Note: professional post-graduate education is excluded; for example, business, law, medicine, and engineering are not included unless students plan to become college professors).

•Plans to attend graduate school full-time after graduation.