Skip to main content

McNair Scholars Program

Housed in College of Education’s Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities, the overall goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of students from working class and underrepresented backgrounds in the Ph.D. “pipeline.”


The Boise State McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by a $267,841 grant administered by the US Department of Education. The McNair Scholars Program is an academic achievement and graduate school preparatory program for undergraduate students who are first generation and limited-income and/or underrepresented in graduate programs. The program prepares students for graduate studies through scholarly enrichment, exposure to research, and other academic experiences and opportunities. The program collaborates with Faculty Mentors to prepare McNair Scholars to successfully pursue a Ph.D. and careers in university teaching and research. The program is housed in the College of Education’s Center for Multicultural and Education Opportunities at Boise State University.

Apply to be a McNair Scholar

Applications are now open for the Fall 2022 cohort.

Interested in seeing our scholars' research?

Check out the McNair Research Journal!

McNair Research Journal (PDF)

Check out all the locations where our alumni have gone to grad school!

McNair Alumni - Where Are They Now?

Alumni Grad School Map