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Eligibility and Requirements


To be eligible an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a UNG undergraduate student with 30 or more credit hours when applying and 60 credits by the end of your first full year in the program
  • Have a 2.7 or higher overall grade point average
  • Applicant must be a full-time student (minimum of 12 hours) and maintain full-time status as they matriculate through their undergraduate program.
  • Meet at least one of the following requirements:
    • Be a first-generation college student who meets the low-income guidelines, or
    • Be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (Black, Hispanic, Alaska Native, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander).
  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. or Ed.D. after graduation.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

Current Federal TRIO Program low-income levels.

Eligibility criteria are set by the US Department of Education. For more information, please e-mail the UNG McNair Scholars Program.

Application Deadlines & Information

March 1 - Fall Cohort Deadline

September 1 - Spring Cohort Deadline

Applications accepted year-round. Cohorts begin in Fall and Spring semesters.


  • Completed application form -with demographic information specifying if first generation college student AND parental educational attainment
  • Documentation of income (parent’s 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ Income Tax Return for the most recent year (or yours if you are an independent student)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript for credit hour verification
  • (Optional) Letter of Recommendation (can be from any faculty member that is familiar with your academic performance) detailing student commitment to education 
  • One 2-page personal statement outlining applicant’s research interests, plans to attend graduate school, and vocational interests that will require a doctoral degree.

Your two-page personal statement should include honest responses to the following questions  typed (12 pt. font) and double-spaced

  1. Describe your career and professional goals and aspirations. How do you envision the McNair Program assisting you in reaching your goals? 
  2. Describe your primary research interest(s), or general research areas in which you have an interest. Do you have any prior research experience? If so, please describe. 
  3. What characteristics do you possess that you believe make you a strong doctoral candidate? 

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