Ronald E. McNair
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
The McNair Scholars Program, made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, supports undergraduate students’ scholarly activities throughout the academic year and summer. Harding University has been funded at $230,000 annually and will serve 27 students per year.
The objective of the program is to provide academically enriching experiences and mentoring to prepare students for graduate school admission and eventual doctoral study.
Special Aspects of the Program
Workshops and Activities. McNair Scholars will participate in workshops, seminars, classes, and other scholarly activities designed to enhance their academic abilities. They will also complete a research course prior to a summer research internship. In addition, they will participate in activities designed to build personal skills that will facilitate their transition to graduate school.
Research and Mentorships. Each McNair student will select a faculty mentor from the discipline in which he/she hopes to pursue graduate study and will receive a stipend after conducting research under the guidance of that mentor. Students may also have the opportunity to attend professional conferences with their mentors, where they may meet distinguished scholars and learn more about their chosen fields.
Graduate School Admission Preparation
McNair Scholars will receive individual and group services to facilitate their successful entry into graduate school. Included in this will be extensive Graduate Record Examination preparation and help with the graduate school application process. Scholars will also receive financial aid counseling, career counseling, and personal counseling.
Letters of recommendation from faculty mentors and research experiences listed on the resumé will enhance the student’s standing in the competition for graduate school admission.
Many graduate schools waive application fees and offer special fellowships to McNair Scholars.