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McNair Scholars

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While Winthrop University is in the process of carefully migrating web content to an improved Content Management System, the Winthrop McNair Scholars Program will post web updates here. Please be patient with our progress as we meticulously ensure accurate and complete migration of our web content.


 Apply Now!

The call for applications for the 2016-17 cohort of new Scholars is open. Applications are due 10/14/16 and recommendations are due 10/21/16.

Visit the application webpage for more information about the application process. For a fun look at what our Scholars and Alumni are doing, visit our latest newsletter. To learn about our 2016 Scholars' award winning summer research projects, visit our summer research page


About the Program

The Winthrop McNair Scholars Program prepares first generation, low-income, and underrepresented undergraduates to be successful in PhD programs by providing research and other opportunities as well as financial support throughout the graduate admissions process. Winthrop's program includes, but is not limited to, a paid summer research experience, faculty mentoring, workshops, GRE and graduate school application preparation, and travel to present research and explore graduate programs. 

Winthrop’s program is funded by a five-year renewable TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. $220,000 in federal funding is provided each year for programming and materials that will help 30 eligible students prepare for graduate study. This represents approximately 72% of program costs. Winthrop contributes the remaining 28% of the budget with $85,000 in cash and in-kind matches.

Winthrop McNair Digital Commons

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Biography

Winthrop McNair GEPA Statement on Equitable Access

Winthrop McNair Graduate Assistantship (Position Filled for 2016-2017)

Winthrop McNair Graduate Scholarship





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