Graduate College

McNair Scholars Program

Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate achievement program

McNair is one of seven programs, under the federal TRIO Programs. TRIO is funded by the Department of Education and is targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. The McNair program, named for the late astronaut, Ronald Ervin McNair, who died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion, provides students with research opportunities, faculty mentors and opportunities to publish and or present research findings, and preparation for graduate school.

Currently ASU does not have a TRIO funded McNair Program; however, ASU recognizes McNair Scholars as students coming from some of the most competitive undergraduate programs in the country to graduate school at Arizona State University.

What does ASU offer McNair scholars?

  • ASU offers you unsurpassed preparation for your future with 350+ outstanding graduate degrees, concentrations and certificates.
  • Recognized as one of the top universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ASU offers graduate students the career-building opportunity to collaborate with outstanding faculty to make a real impact on important issues.
  • ASU’s graduate programs consistently rank among the best in the nation, with strong representation in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools.
  • With exceptional services through ASU Graduate College and a vibrant graduate student community, you will be surrounded by support.
  • Community of Scholars offers an abundance of resources for academic, career professional development and Community engagement.
  • Innovative directions in research and interdisciplinary programs. In all, ASU is home to more than 50 research centers and institutes, including the Arizona Biodesign Institute, the Global Institute of Sustainability, and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

ASU Graduate College waives the admissions application fee for scholars
The domestic graduate university application fee will be waived for McNair scholars applying to an ASU graduate program. There are two ways to facilitate the admissions application fee payment:

  • Before submitting the ASU graduate admissions application, ask the program director to fax a copy of the McNair award letter to 480-965-5158 or email it to Jennifer Cason at Please be sure to include the application reference number or your ASU ID number when submitting the request..
  • After submitting the ASU graduate admissions application and fee, ask the program director to fax the McNair award letter to 480-965-5158, indicate the date the application was submitted and include the application reference number or ASU ID number.