About the Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, known at Claremont Graduate University as the McNair Scholars Program, is seeking students who have completed at least their sophomore year and are first-generation and low-income students, or who are from a group underrepresented at the doctoral level (African-American, Latino-American, or Native American). 

Established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Education and named for astronaut and Challenger space shuttle crew member Ronald McNair, the program encourages students to pursue graduate studies by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level. Interested? Apply now!


McNair Scholars provides each selected college  junior or senior a six-week summer academic program designed to increase skills, confidence, and encourage enrollment in graduate school. As a McNair Scholar, you will receive 10 units of graduate credit for successfully completing three graduate level courses during a six week summer session. Thereafter, you will be paired with a faculty mentor whose research interests match your own. Under the direction of this mentor, during the following year you will collaborate on a research project.