Program Information

MU was one of the original fourteen universities selected in 1989 to develop a TRIO program established by the U.S. Department of Education and named for astronaut and Challenger crew member Ronald E. McNair, The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

We serve 29 students per year, both juniors and seniors.  To date there have been 189 MU McNair Scholars who have gotten their doctoral degree. We had 10 new doctoral degrees in 2019 and 9 new doctoral degrees in 2020, 10 new doctoral degrees in 2021 and 2022 and 7 new doctoral degrees in 2023. We’ve averaged 8 new doctoral recipients since 2017.

For the past five years  we have between 75%-90% of our students immediately enroll into graduate school.  Of those that do enroll in graduate school 100% continue on past the first year. 

Within the past 10 years we’ve served 207 students. As of January 2021, there are currently 71 students currently enrolled in graduate school. 


Links to other programs we partnership with and regional associations.

Additional Resources:

Upwards of 200 graduate schools waive application fees for McNair Scholars, and a growing number offer fellowships. These application fee waivers and other incentives are excellent advantages of being a McNair Scholar.

The MU Fellowships Office provides information on how to obtain prestigious fellowships from across the world. We recommended that all McNair Scholars, and all those considering the McNair Program, look into this office and set up an appointment.