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McNair Scholars Program

Eligibility Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education defines eligibility criteria.

Potential Scholars must be

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • An individual earning their first bachelor's degree
  • An undergraduate at Kansas State University with at least
    • 30 credit hours
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A first-generation and income limited college student or a member of an underrepresented group in higher education


Income Limited

An individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level amount.

See the Department of Education's website for information on income limited levels.

First Generation (First-gen)

An individual whose parents and/or guardians have not completed a four-year (bachelor's) degree. 


An individual who identifies as one (or more) of the following

  • Black (non-Hispanic)
  • Hispanic
  • American Indian
  • Alaskan Native
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Pacific Islander

See the Department of Education's Federal Register (PDF page 85) for more information on underrepresented status.