The McNair Scholars Program, housed in the College of Education Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities, was awarded $1.34 million over the next 5 years from the U.S. Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program is in its 20th year at Boise State serving limited-income, first-generation college students as well as students underrepresented in graduate school programs in the U.S.
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare Boise State students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants in McNair meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate strong academic potential. The program works closely with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements and guides them through graduate school preparation and application processes, as well as tracks their progress through to the successful completion of advanced degrees. The program goal is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
To date, the Boise State McNair Scholars Program has provided guidance and scholarly experiences that have helped approximately 85% of its participants go on to Masters and Ph.D. programs at more than 75 universities in the United States.