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Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program: OU McNair Scholars


Do you want to earn a Ph.D.? We’re here to help!

The OU McNair Scholars Program is currently full; however, applications for the waiting list are accepted year-around.

The McNair program provides encouragement, guidance, and mentorship to underrepresented* undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents, have 60 credit hours, and a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Scholars receive a $2800 stipend for program participation, which includes conducting an undergraduate research project, applying to graduate programs, and other scholarly activities.   

Additional benefits include:

  • Participation in academic conferences
  • Graduate application workshops, support, and incentives
  • A network of like-minded scholars

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*Students currently underrepresented in higher education are those who are first generation AND receive the maximum Pell grant OR students from African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native Hawaiian, or Native American Pacific Islander backgrounds. First generation students are those whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree (an associates or some college is fine).