2018-2019 UT-Austin McNair Scholars Program Application

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Austin is a federally funded project designed to increase the number of underrepresented individuals pursing doctoral study.

During the academic year, the McNair Scholars are prepared for doctoral studies through involvement in research, faculty mentoring, academic colloquia series and other scholarly activities. The McNair Scholars Program works closely with all program participants to achieve a high level of educational success and to complete their undergraduate requirements. All program activities prepare the program participants to be viable candidates for the McNair Summer Research Institute. Program participants are expected to enroll in graduate programs and eventually complete a doctoral degree.

The McNair Scholars Program is currently accepting application of all interested undergraduate students. Applicants must be currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, and must have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework at time of acceptance, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

To apply, please submit the following documentation to the McNair Scholars Program by Friday, September 7th at 11:59 PM CST.

This form cannot be saved, please have all your information ready to submit.

Your application requires that you have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Two of which must be from faculty members. Please share the following link with your recommender's and provide them with your EID.


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If you selected 'Other' above for Race/Ethnicity, please specify:

If you selected 'other' for Citizenship, please explain:

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded TRiO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. This questions below help to determine your eligibility before submitting an application. Please check all eligibility criteria that apply. In addition, all applicants must have at least 30 credit hours of coursework completed and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted. A student is eligible to participate if he/she meets all of the following requirements: *

NOTE: You must be BOTH a first-generation college student and have an income that is under the family taxable income level below to be considered eligible under the first criteria.

Size of Family Unit Family Taxable Income

1 $17,820
2 $24.030
3 $30,240
4 $36,450
5 $42,660
6 $48,870
7 $55,095
8 $61,335

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,240 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions;

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 26, 2016.

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Upload a copy of the most recent tax form for income verification (Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ). Tax forms are the most preferred document to submit for income verification. If you absolutely cannot submit a recent tax form, you may also upload a signed copy of your most recent FAFSA application.

Please write an essay in a separate document that address the following prompts:

(1) your academic and research interests, (2) educational and career goals, (3) how participation in the McNair program will impact your educational and career goals, (4) your motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree, and (5) the contributions you wish to make in your field of study, as well as your community, with a doctoral degree.

Additionally, briefly describe any research experience you have gained in a university setting. Please include information regarding the duration of the research, what you accomplished, and the name of the professor(s) with whom you worked.

Your essay needs to be typed and saved in a MS Word (.docx or .doc) or PDF format and uploaded to this application using the feature below. Your essay cannot exceed 1000 words (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Please upload at the end of this form, under the File Upload feature.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded project designed to increase the number of underrepresented individuals pursing doctoral study. The information on this form is required and is strictly confidential; it will only be used to determine eligibility.
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is required to submit an Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education; information from this application will be used. This report will also include participants’ Social Security Numbers (SSN). Although SSN are not required to receive services, the U.S. Department of Education does request that information. However, in compliance with The University of Texas at Austin's policies and procedures, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program will not request your SSN from you, but will instead use confidential internal means to obtain that information. If you do not want the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Annual Performance Report to use your SSN, a written request must be submitted to the program.
I hereby certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I further authorize the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program to receive and review copies of my academic transcripts, financial aid award notices, and any other information from my academic records pertaining to my enrollment and participation in the McNair Scholars Program.

Please sign this statement by entering your full, legal name and UT EID in parentheses (e.g. John Aaron Doe (jad1234))

Please upload your income verification documents, your essay, and your Resume / CV.

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