Ronald E. McNair, second from the left. Photo credit: Nasa

The McNair Scholars Program is the nation's leading pipeline of low income/first generation undergraduate students, many from underrepresented minority groups, who have been prepared for doctoral study and eventual careers in the professoriate. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is housed at over 150 U.S. colleges and universities. Selection as a McNair Scholar is the result of a highly competitive process, and signifies academic achievement and the potential for future success in graduate study. Universities across the country offer McNair Scholars a variety of funding incentives to recruit them for graduate work. The following information outlines McNair Scholar incentives available at Oregon State University.

Graduate application fee waiver incentive

The Graduate School will waive the graduate application fee on behalf of McNair Scholars who seek admission for graduate study in programs that use an Oregon State application. To access this financial incentive, request an application fee waiver by completing the form at the link below. In order to waive your application fee, applicants must have an active application, this is done by starting the application to OSU graduate school.

Once you request an application fee waiver, your McNair Director will be automatically notified by email and asked to submit confirmation attesting to your participation and completion of the McNair program. Upon verification, you will be provided an application waiver to complete your online graduate application. Applicants should allow up to two weeks for waiver processing from the date of request. 

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Graduate tuition waiver incentive

The Graduate School may provide a tuition waiver to qualified McNair Scholars who are regularly admitted to a graduate degree program at Oregon State University. This support will be provided under the Targeted Graduate Tuition Scholarship Program upon the recommendation of the student's graduate program director for the first Oregon State graduate degree attempted. The Targeted Graduate Tuition Scholarship provides full tuition waiver as determined by the student's residency status.

Targeted Graduate Tuition Scholarships may be provided to former McNair Scholars for up to two years for master's students and up to four years for doctoral students. Graduate assistantships and other tuition support offered by the student's academic program count toward this McNair financial incentive.

The McNair Scholar Incentives Program enables Oregon State to guarantee former McNair Scholars no less than full tuition waiver for the time period specified above if they choose Oregon State for graduate study and are regularly admitted to a graduate program.

Graduate programs must make requests for tuition waiver support every year regardless of support provided in previous years for McNair Scholars through the Graduate School's Targeted Graduate Tuition Scholarship Program. Contact with questions.