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    Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

    CGS is connected with the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program through the Council of Graduate Schools/Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) Joint McNair Committee.


    Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, McNair is one of the TRIO programs funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. It is designed to encourage and prepare low-income, first-generation in college, and minority students to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in college teaching. It represents the largest and best pipeline of potential graduate students from these groups in the nation.


    COE and CGS distributes an annual directory of McNair Scholars to CGS member institutions every fall. 


    McNair Fee Waivers


    For a list of graduate schools that provide application fee waivers and other financial incentives for McNair students, click here.


    McNair Scholars Directory


    The McNair Scholars Directory contains the names of McNair Scholars from around the country. For directions to download the password-protected directory from the COE website, click here. Instructions for accessing the directory are also sent to CGS members each fall.


    McNair Email Discussion List


    CGS members with graduate opportunities, recruitment, or meeting information of interest to the McNair community may forward this information to Hironao Okahana for posting on the McNair Email Discussion List. All pertinent contact information should be included in the message. Only individuals affiliated with McNair programs may subscribe to the discussion list.




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