Eligibility Criteria

Please consider the following carefully to determine your eligibility for the McNair Scholars Program

  • You are a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate studies (African-American, Hispanic /Latino(a), Native American, women in select fields are considered underrepresented in graduate higher education)
  • OR

  • You are a first-generation college student (neither of your parents has a bachelor's degree) AND one of the statements below regarding income applies to you (students will be required to furnish documentation of income, i.e. SAR, current year tax return, W-2 forms)

  • Must be interested in obtaining a “research based” doctoral degree such as: Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., D.S.W. etc. (The J.D., M.B.A. and M.D., etc. are considered “professional” degrees and are not supported by the program.)
  • Must be either citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher with all post secondary education work noted on one transcript
  • Must be a full-time student at the University of St. Thomas or a student of one of our partner institutions (University of St. Catherine, Concordia University-St. Paul, Hamline University, Macalester College) starting fall 2011 and not graduating before May 2013
  • Must have completed 60 undergraduate credit hours by May 2012
  • Must commit to the McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Institude doing full time research in the summer beginning June 4, 2012 for 10 weeks

Federal TRiO Program Income Guidelines

Financial Information

The following is a guide to the maximum amount of income that a student’s parents or an independent student can earn and still be eligible for McNair.

Federal TRIO Programs 2011 Annual Low Income Levels (Effective January 20, 2011 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions




































For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $5,730 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,170 for Alaska; and $6,585 for Hawaii. The income guidelines are available on US Department of Education website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.htm