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Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program: OU McNair Scholars

A group of OU McNair scholars pose with an outdoor sculpture at the Nelson museum.

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

The McNair program provides encouragement, guidance, and mentorship to underrepresented* juniors and seniors in preparation for graduate school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens/permanent residents, have 60 undergraduate credit hours, and overall/OU GPAs of 3.25 or higher.

Scholars receive a $2,800 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 national network of like-minded scholars

If you have questions, please reach out to or 405.325.0591.

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