The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in 1989 and is a Federal TRIO Program funded at select institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education.  In October 2003, Southern Oregon University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and became one of less than two hundred McNair Programs in the United States.

The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare undergraduate students from underrepresented segments of society to achieve success in graduate programs and to develop scholars capable of succeeding in research–intensive doctoral study, thereby increasing attainment of research-intensive doctoral degrees awarded to students from historically underrepresented groups. The SOU McNair Scholars Program is dedicated to supporting eligible undergraduate students, in all disciplines, in their pursuit of critical inquiry, active discovery, and professional preparation through providing a comprehensive graduate school preparatory program containing transformative research experiences, exceptional faculty mentorship, individualized academic support and scholarly experiences, and intentional opportunities to refine life-long learning goals for professional and personal development.


 The SOU McNair Program is located in the lower level at 521 S. Mountain Avenue, Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-8310


"Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on
how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.

You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky."
-  Dr. Ronald E. McNair

The Southern Oregon University Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is funded 100% by a $285,982 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Education.