McNair Scholars Program

Ronald McNair

“Before you can make a dream come true, you must have one.”

Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D. 


College students who are considering study beyond the baccalaureate level can realize their dreams through the McNair Scholars Program at Mercy University. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established by the United States Department of Education in 1989 and named for astronaut and Challenger crew member physicist, Dr. Ronald E. McNair. 

The Mercy University McNair Scholars Program began in 1995 and recruits low-income, first-generation students and those who are from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The purpose of the program is to provide enriching research and mentorship experiences that prepare eligible students for doctoral study.

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Participation as a McNair Scholar is by application in the sophomore year with the following criteria: 

  • A GPA of 2.7 or higher. 
  • United States citizenship or permanent residence. 
  • Low-income and first generation college student or membership in a group under-represented in graduate studies such as: African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. 

A declared major in a discipline for which a doctorate is the terminal degree. 

Application Process

Interested students should completely fill out the McNair Scholar Application by clicking the link.

Questions can be sent to:
Dr. Mary Oleksowicz

McNair Scholars Program 
Mercy University 
555 Broadway 
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522