McNair Scholars in CCI

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

To become a McNair Scholar, a student must:

  • Must have at least a 2.80 grade point average
  • Must have completed the sophomore year
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a first generation college student who meets income guidelines OR from an ethnic group underrepresented in doctoral programs (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)

Meet a CCI McNair Scholar:

Natalia Roman

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