To determine eligibility in the 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 2013 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, MBA, JD, and MD are not included unless students plan to become college professors)
  • Plans to attend graduate school full-time after graduation