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Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to many of the questions you may have.

What is the McNair Scholars program?

The University of Central Florida McNair Scholars Program is dedicated to preparing low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented undergraduate students for graduate education leading to a Ph.D.

Who is eligible for the McNair program?

Read through the eligibility section of our website and see if you are eligible to apply for the program.

Are there any financial advantages to the McNair program?

During the summer research experience Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $2,800, tuition for the academic credits earned from the research experience, and assistance with room and board.

How can I apply?

You have to submit an application form and two faculty recommendation letters, as well as one letter of recommendation from a member in your support system, to the program within the specified deadline. The next round consists of interviews by the selection committee.

What do I need to do to apply for the McNair Scholars Program?

  • Complete the online application
  • A copy of your financial aid eligibility
  • A copy of your family’s most recent tax forms.
  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement: In a statement of at least 1000 words, please describe your academic and career goals. Please explain why you are interested in obtaining a doctorate, the area you are interested in studying, and why you think that participating in the McNair Program can help you reach those goals.
  • Statement of Research Interests: Your statement should explain in as much detail as possible the academic discipline and area of your research interests, possible research project(s), how this research can contribute to academia, and why this research appeals to you. Your statement of research interest should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation: You will be asked to submit two academic letters of recommendations, one of which must be from a faculty member in your major. Please note that letters of recommendation should be written by persons who can best assess your ability for academic research and your motivation to attend graduate school.
  • One letter from a personal supporter: You will be asked to submit one letter of recommendation from a personal supporter (such as a family member, close friend, or mentor) who is committed to your goal of completing a PhD. or EdD.
  • You will need to submit all these materials to the McNair office – Computer Center II, Room 221