McNair Scholars Program

About the McNair Scholars Program at UNI


The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) places a high priority on providing quality education to financially disadvantaged and minority students. To fulfill this commitment for all students, the University has established the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services (EOP/SCS). EOP/SCS programs are designed and coordinated specifically to meet our students' educational, social, and financial needs. A primary goal for the EOP/SCS staff is to provide supportive services to all project students, thus enhancing the successful completion of the student's college career.
The McNair Scholars Program is a program of EOP/SCS. Other programs of the EOP/SCS include Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Educational Talent Search (ETS), Classic Upward Bound (CUB), Iowa Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), and Student Support Services (SSS). The McNair Scholars Program is also part of Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program (MAEOPP) and Council for Opportunity in College (COE).

The McNair Scholars Program at the University of Northern Iowa is funded by a five-year, $216,834 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


"The McNair Program has opened a window of opportunities for me that I did not realize existed. Without McNair assistance, I would not have been able to visit such prestigious universities. The McNair Program has made a substantial difference in my life."