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McNair Scholars

Applying to the Winthrop McNair Scholars Program

The call for 2018-19 applications is open. The program typically accepts applications between Labor Day and Winthrop's Fall Break (mid October). 
The deadline for student application materials is Friday, October 12, 2018. The deadline for faculty recommendations is Friday, October 19, 2018. All materials must be received in the McNair program office (104 Dinkins Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733) or emailed to McNair@Winthrop.edu no later than 5:00 pm on the respective deadline. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Complete applications submitted after the deadline may be considered, but only if there are insufficient applications submitted before the deadline. Information about the program and benefits is included below the application instructions on this page. If you would like to learn more about the program or your eligibility after you have reviewed this website, please contact the program at 803/323-2125 or visit the program office (104 Dinkins Hall). 

Information Sessions

Program staff are working to recruit eligible students at Winthrop and other SC 4-year institutions. Please contact mcnairga@winthrop.edu if you are interested in arranging or attending a Winthrop McNair info session. Below are examples of fall 2018 events where staff and Scholars are sharing information about McNair.

  • 10/4 11 am - 211 Kinard Hall @ Winthrop- Open to all
  • 9/20 2:30 pm ACAD 300
  • 9/17 5 pm to be rescheduled (Winthrop classes cancelled due to Hurricane Florence)
  • 9/13 11 am TRiO SSS Student Leadership
  • 9/12 2:30 pm Eagle STEM

Are you eligible to be a Winthrop McNair Scholar?

If you are interested in participating in the Winthrop McNair Scholars Program but do not know if you are eligible, complete the online survey, or contact program staff to inquire about your eligibility.

Only apply if you can say "yes" to all of the following.

  • I am interested in going to graduate school.
  • I am a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or meet another citizenship requirement.*
  • I am either or both
    • a first generation college student and come from a low-income family   OR
    • from a group underrepresented in higher education.
  • I am available to participate in the McNair Summer Research Internship all day every weekday. The anticipated dates for the 2019 McNair Summer Research Experience are: May 13-July 12.
  • I have a GPA of 3.0 or better and am enrolled at a four-year college or university in SC.
  • I will have completed my sophomore year (at least 54 credit hours) by the end of the next spring semester.
  • I will graduate at least one semester after the next McNair summer research experience.

*Visit the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at this link to see the federal eligibility criteria. 

To apply, complete and submit Parts 1 and 2 of the application. Digital or hard copies will be accepted.

  • Part 1 - Part 1 will be used to establish your eligibility for the program.  You must answer the questions and submit the online survey.  Print and sign the survey and include this with your other application materials.

  • Part 2 - Part 2 includes the Applicant Form and Recommendation Forms which are available for download by clicking on the links below. Follow the directions in the part II Applicant Form. Submit all application materials to the Program office (104 Dinkins Hall, Winthrop University)
  • Two Recommendations: Well in advance of the deadline, ask two or more references to complete and submit the recommendation form below.
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