Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Wellesley College

Note: for further information about the McNair Scholars Program at Wellesley, please contact Charlana Simmons, the Director of the Program.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 187 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate education for students from underrepresented groups.  At Wellesley, the McNair Scholars Program is STEM focused.

Who is eligible?

  • First Generation and Low-Income, or Underrepresented ALANA* (African American, Latinx, Alaska Native, Native American, Pacific Islander), who are:
    • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents,
    • Majoring in a STEM discipline, with a
    • Strong desire to pursue doctorate education (PhD, EdD, etc), and
    • 2.8 GPA or higher

How do I apply?

Applications are due on the third Friday in November at 5:00 pm EST each year.  For specific timeline and application information, please visit the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.