The SOU McNair Program accepts applications during Spring and Fall term.

During the application period, application packets are available to download in PDF format through this webpage.  Instructions are included in the application packet; however, after reviewing the forms in the downloaded application packet and completing the Step One Form, students considering applying to the program are encouraged to visit the McNair Office to meet with a representative to review the program eligibility criteria on your completed Step One Form prior to initiating the entire application process and requesting letters of recommendation.  Completed application packets are turned in, in person, at the McNair Office in Susanne Homes Hall and are reviewed with the applicant to finalize the application check-in process prior to the posted deadline.


Students who are eligible to apply for participaton in the SOU Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program must meet federally defined eligibility standards which include:

  • Are enrolled undergraduate students at SOU and have never received a baccalaureate degree

  • Are Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors

  • Plan to be an enrolled SOU undergraduate student at least through Fall term of the cohort year (ie: For the 2020 Cohort enrolled through December 2020)

  • Have demonstrated strong academic potential (GPA of 2.75 or higher)

  • Meet these Citizenship and/or Residency requirements

  • Meet one of the two eligibility categories (A or B) or both eligibility categories listed below (A and B):

A Are first-generation college graduates (a student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree or a student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent, and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree) AND who are low-income individuals (an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level amount). Department of Education Low-Income Guidelines

B. Who are students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (Hispanic/Latino; Black/African American; American Indian/Native American; Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian; Pacific Islander). Note: Students from category B do not have to meet eligibility category A (so, do not have to also be first generation college students or low-income individuals).


  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the SOU Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Advisory Council during the term in which they applied. Applicants will be notified of the selection decisions by the end of the term in which they applied.

  • Applicants who are selected to be McNair Scholars will be required to provide official transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended and may be required to provide copies of income tax forms to verify eligibility.

  • CV template can be found here.
  • If you have specific questions regarding the SOU McNair Program application process, please call 541-552-8310, email , or come to the McNair office in Susanne Homes Hall, room 408.