To participate in the McNair Scholars Program, the U.S. Department of Education requires that students meet the following criteria:

  1. are a first-generation-college-student (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) with financial need (see Trio Income Guideline Table link below), AND/OR are a member of a group historically underrepresented in graduate education (see Underrepresented Groups definition below);
  2. are a Sophomore or Junior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above;
  3. a full-time undergraduate student; and
  4. a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

TRIO Income Guideline Table:

Current-Year Low-Income Levels (Established by the U.S. Department of Education)


Groups Underrepresented in Graduate Education

(as defined by the U.S. Department of Education)
The following ethnic and racial groups are considered underrepresented in graduate education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native (as defined in section 7306 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA)), Native Hawaiians (as defined in section 7207 of the ESEA), and Native American Pacific Islanders (as defined in section 320 of the HEA).

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please complete the McNair Scholars Program Application and send it to :

McNair Scholars Program
Center for Academic Access and Opportunity
Suffolk University
73 Tremont Street, 7th Floor, Suite 7025
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617.994.6860
Fax: 617.994.6864