University Resources for McNair Scholars
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
Named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the astronauts who perished with the Challenger mission, this Federal TRIO Program for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents assists eligible first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families to prepare for and enter graduate and Ph.D. programs. Participants of the McNair Scholars Program include academically talented, low-income, first-generation students, and students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.
As a McNair Scholar at the University, you have access to many resources that can enhance your University experience.
The McNair Scholar Request for Application Fee Waiver
The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) offers a waiver of the application fee ($75) to McNair Scholars. To qualify, students must meet eligibility requirements and complete the GSDO Fee Waiver Request Form at least two weeks before your program deadline.
Application Fee Grant for Fall 2023
- The deadline for applicants to submit a GSDO Fee Waiver Request Form is December 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm CST.
- Applicants must start their graduate program admissions application by December 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm CST. Note: We are unable to apply a fee waiver if you have not started your admissions application by this date. Please follow your program’s guidelines for application completion deadlines.
- If your program’s deadline is earlier than December 7, 2022, be sure to submit your GSDO Fee Waiver Request Form at least two weeks before the deadline and notify our office at email@example.com as soon as possible to ensure the fee waiver is applied before the deadline.
In order to be redeem your waiver of the application fee, please be mindful of the following:
- Admission applications must be completed by January 1, 2023 at 12:00 pm CST or by the graduate program deadline, whichever date comes first.
- Only one fee waiver is offered per person.
- If your program’s deadline is after January 1, 2023 and you need more time, you can opt to pay and submit your own admissions application without a waiver.
You can request a waiver of the application fee if:
- You are a McNair Scholar.
- You have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above.
- You are entering graduate school for the first time or have not received a post-baccalaureate degree.
Fee waiver request information
Only one application fee waiver will be allowed per student to apply to a University of Minnesota Graduate School program. Students may opt to apply to more than one program; however, only one application fee can be paid by our office.
The Application Fee Waiver does not apply to the following professional programs, which are not administered by the Graduate School:
- UMN College of Veterinary Medicine
- UMN Carlson School of Management
- UMN Medical School
- UMN Law School
- UMN School of Public Health
- The School of Public Health has its own McNair Scholar fee waiver process. Please contact Emily Dunsworth or visit SOPHAS for more information.
- For Psychology Ph.D. McNair Prospective Students: due to the high volume of application fee requests, please refer to the Psychology McNair Webpage for information on how to obtain a possible departmental application fee grants.
Helpful Additional Resources for Prospective McNair Scholars
Professional Education Diversity Fellowship
McNair Scholars are eligible for the University’s Professional Education Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to assist professional degree programs in promoting a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences.
The Graduate School and Graduate School Diversity Office are pleased to invite your scholars to attend one of our McNair Summer 2022 Visitation Programs. We will provide both in-person and virtual attendance options.
We ask that you make reservations at least one month prior to the desired date of your visit. We will thereafter send an invitation to have your students register so we will be able to provide further instructions, as well as share pertinent materials and information that will assist your visit. Once you complete the form, we will send you an email confirmation.
Please note that, due to limited space available for each presentation, date selections are on a first come, first served basis.
Dates of Events:
- Tuesday, June 21 (in-person) – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 19 (virtual via Zoom) – 9:00-10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, August 9 (in-person) – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The visitation program will include a presentation and panel discussion with Graduate School staff and Graduate Program Coordinators, a tour of campus and the opportunity to meet with faculty/staff from various graduate programs across campus.
To sign up for one of the visitation dates, please complete the following online form: https://z.umn.edu/2022McNairVisit.
To confirm your program’s interest in participating, please complete the online form by Friday, June 3.
Scholars will be required to register individually. Once you complete the form, we will send you an email with more information regarding student registration, as well as pertinent materials and information.
If you need assistance in selecting an appropriate program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that your students are still encouraged to set up remote meetings (if available) with faculty and staff in their desired program(s) to discuss research interests and learn more about the program.
To set up a remote appointment for specific programs, please go to the Twin Cities Graduate Programs website. Select the desired program and click on “Program At-A-Glance” in order to obtain the contact information of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC). We encourage you to start with the GPC.
Students interested in the field of Psychology should be aware that the University of Minnesota has a wealth of programs that may be appropriate for your visit. This Psychology Brochure lists some of our graduate programs in the field of psychology.
Students interested in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics; Integrative Biology and Physiology; Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics; Microbiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology) please contact:
Danielle Watt, Ph.D. - Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education And Training (BGREAT), University of Minnesota 742 Mayo MMC293, 420 Delaware St. SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455-0341, 612.301.2768 | email@example.com | http://bgreat.umn.edu/
Students interested in the School of Public Health, please contact: Emily Dunsworth, Assistant Dean for Recruitment & Enrollment, School of Public Health, D305 Mayo, 612-624-0601, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.sph.umn.edu/