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TRiO McNair Scholars Program


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The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is one of seven federally funded programs under the TRiO umbrella that supports first-generation and low-income students in pursuit of college degrees. Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion, the McNair Scholars program is designed to encourage first-generation, low-income undergraduate students and those who are under-represented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study and possibly consider a career in college teaching. Students who participate in this program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentoring as well as seminars to prepare students for doctoral study. Currently, there are 187 projects, serving more than 5,200 students across the country. At the University of Colorado Denver, the program is funded to serve 25 academically skilled juniors and seniors each year, who have strong ambitions of completing a PhD. To be eligible, students must be both first-generation and low-income and/or be from one of the following under-represented groups, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan native, or Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.

TRiO programs have a long and rich history on the CU Denver Campus of providing comprehensive support services that pave the way to graduation for underrepresented students.  For our McNair Scholars, the support provided reaches past the baccalaureate to the doctoral degree. We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive learning environment that fosters intellectual, personal and professional growth of all program participants.

The program offers:

  • Graduate School Preparation
  • A Research Stipend for Participants conducting summer research
  • Faculty/Mentor Guidance
  • Travel Support to McNair symposiums to present research
  • Professional Development and Networking Opportunities


U.S. Department of Education GEPA Guidelines

All applicants and the public at large will be informed through these recruitment materials that the University of Colorado Denver TRiO McNair Scholars Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, gender, or disability. This project is 100% federally funded.


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