TRIO McNair Scholars

TRIO scholars graduating

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program

prepares selected undergraduate students for graduate education at the doctoral level. Participants are assisted in achieving their academic potential, gaining valuable life skills, and expanding cultural horizons through one-on-one interactions and group activities.



Purpose: To prepare undergraduate students for graduate study at the doctoral level and increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs

Sponsor: Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE)

EL Area: Research

McNair Scholars engage in academic and summer activities including 8 weeks of paid research, interactive workshops and seminars, presenting research nationally, GRE preparation, faculty mentorship, cultural and networking events, and other opportunities for personal and academic development. Participants commit to completing a doctoral degree within 10 years of earning a bachelor's degree from UGA.

*Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education's Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program as part of the Federal TRIO Program.

Sherontae Maxwell

The UGA McNair Scholars Program offers students a life changing experience to fulfill lifelong dreams, and we are here to provide the necessary tools and resources to be successful. Students from underrepresented populations and marginalized students as a whole are afforded the opportunity to gain knowledge to ensure success and a path to transition to a doctoral program.

- Maxwell, TRIO McNair Director