McNair Scholars

Providing academic and research opportunities for first generation, low-income and underrepresented college sophomores and juniors

McNair Scholars Program Mission Statement

The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide research opportunities and other related academic experiences that promote the acquisition of the doctoral degree (Ph.D.) for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented college sophomores and juniors in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented persons pursuing teaching, research and administrative careers in higher education.

McNair Core Values:

  • We are fierce advocates for social justice
  • We pursue professional excellence in the work we do with our students and our colleagues
  • We embrace integrity in our work with students, our work with the university, and our work with our funding agency
  • We are respectful of our diverse student population, their needs, and their cultural heritage
  • We are resilient, determined, and focused on achieving our mission
  • We do more with less through collaboration and pooled strengths
  • We realize that the success of each student is shared across the campus
  • We are awed by the potential of our students to change to world

Diversity, equity and inclusion statement for the First-Generation Student Center

Emanating from the struggles and achievements of the Civil Right Movement and President Lyndon Johnson’s “unconditional war on poverty,” our programs have the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion at the core. All programs under the administration of the First-Generation Student Center strive to provide access and opportunities to minoritized populations in higher education.