Applying to the Program

To fill out the McNair application online, you need a recent version of Adobe Reader. Most computers will already have it installed. If yours doesn't, you can download it for free:

Because we need your signature, it is not possible to submitthe application online.

However, you may save the PDF, open it with Adobe Reader, type your answers into the form, print the form (with your answers included), and then sign it. Check to make sure all the information is provided (some questions involve circling, which can't be done on the computer), and either mail it to us or drop it by our office (201 Holton Hall).

If you don't have access to a printer, you can fill out the form and save it with your information added, then bring the file to the McNair office (or e-mail it to yourself), print out the form, sign it, and turn it in.

Also be sure to submit all necessary transcripts and a 1-2 page personal statement describing your interest in the McNair Program, graduate education, and your proposed area of study.

Finally, don't forget to have 2 people familiar with your academic performance submit reference forms. We suggest that at least one be a K-State professor with a Ph.D. who you have taken a class with. Part of the form must be filled out by you, the prospective scholar, but you may do so online. After filling in the scholar info, print out the forms, sign them, and give them to your recommenders, who should send them to us via campus mail or the U.S. Postal Service at:

McNair Scholars Program
Kansas State University
201 Holton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

If you have Adobe Acrobat installed, and have read the other instructions, you may now click here to fill out your application (PDF) to be a K-State McNair Scholar.

If you have problems or questions, please give us a call at (785) 532-6137, or send e-mail to All of these forms are available at our office, and can be mailed to you by request.