• The Ronald E. McNair Program is named after an American physicist and NASA astronaut who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger in January of 1986. The McNair Grant is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The Lee University McNair Scholars Program (MSP) will serve 25 juniors and seniors annually. Our objective is to provide committed faculty mentors as role models who will provide academic counseling, be mentors and prepare students for success in graduate school.

    Do you qualify?

    • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
    • Completed between 30 - 75 credit hours
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

    • First-Generation College Student AND Low-Income


    • Member of an underrepresented group in graduate education

    • Sincere intentions to pursue a Ph.D. or equivalent research-based doctoral degree