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McNair Scholars Program at Trinity University

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Project ended on May 16, at 12:00 AM CDT
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McNair Scholars Program at Trinity University

Please help us continue to prepare well-qualified undergraduate students for graduate school success. 


As with all non-profit organizations, our Program budget is limited. We need your help to continue the legacy of Dr. McNair and provide financial support to this wonderful program. Your gift will help us cover additional Program costs that may otherwise be at the students' expense.



The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (the McNair Scholars Program) prepares well-qualified undergraduate students for success in doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Working closely with their academic advisors, the Director, Associate Director, Program Specialist, McNair Tutorial Faculty, and faculty research mentors, McNair Scholars receive comprehensive, ongoing academic career support.

Dr. Ronald Ervin McNair (1950-1986) received a B.S. in Physics from North Carolina A & T University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Molecular Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. He was only the second African American in space and died aboard the Challenger during his second Space Shuttle mission. The U.S. Congress paid tribute to Dr. McNair’s accomplishments and legacy by naming the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program in his honor.



Trinity University students representing all undergraduate majors are invited to apply for the Program if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

  • Interest in pursuing graduate study

  • A low-income student who is also a first-generation college student (neither of your parents/guardians has earned a bachelor’s degree)  AND/OR

  • A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education, which includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander


Beginning their sophomore year, selected Scholars are provided with an array of academic and career counseling services and cultural enrichment experiences, including:

  • Paid Summer Research Experience (SRE)

  • Expenses-paid travel to research conferences throughout the U.S.

  • Expenses-paid travel to graduate research institutions

  • GRE test preparation

  • Graduate school application assistance

  • Waived or reduced graduate school application fees

  • Local visits to significant educational, research, and cultural institutions


The centerpiece of the McNair Scholars Program is a one-on-one research mentorship with a professor at Trinity University or another research institution. During the summers following their sophomore and junior years, McNair Scholars work closely with a faculty mentor and are able to continue their faculty-sponsored work during the academic year.


Here are just a few of the highlights of the McNair Program: 

  • Since 2007, the McNair Program has served 118 first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students

  • 36 Scholars are currently enrolled in a bachelor's program

  • 65 Scholars have earned a bachelor's degree

  • 3 Scholars are currently enrolled in a professional graduate program

  • 2 Scholars have earned a professional degree

  • 11 Scholars are currently enrolled in a master's program

  • 16 Scholars have earned a master's degree

  • 12 Scholars are currently enrolled in a doctoral program

Choose a giving level


Graduation Medals and Stoles

Funds a Scholar's graduation medal or stole.


Research Aid

Funds one research poster for presentation, or a Scholar's one-month pass for VIA transportation to conduct research.


GRE Preparation

Funds one graduate admissions test prep book for a Scholar.



Funds one graduate student mentor stipend for serving as a guest speaker, providing tutoring services, or otherwise advising current scholars.


GRE Testing Fee

Funds the remaining half of the GRE testing fee not covered by the fee reduction voucher.


Books and Research Expendables

Funds one Scholar's research expendables budget for the SRE, or one Scholar's books for an entire semester.


Research Support

Funds one faculty mentor stipend for supervising summer research.


U.S. Travel & Scholarships

Funds registration, lodging, travel, food, and other fees for one research conference; funds a scholarship for a deserving Scholar.


Research Conference Abroad

Funds Scholar travel abroad to present at a research conference or visit a graduate school.