The McNair Scholars Program aims to successfully prepare Bemidji State University undergraduates for entrance into graduate school.

The program provides a challenging and supportive environment that is conducive to learning and personal/professional development. The ultimate goal is for the scholars to achieve a Ph.D. within 10 years of graduating BSU.

Program Benefits

  • Courses to prepare scholars for research and presentations
  • Experience conducting research with a faculty mentor
  • Fee waivers for graduate applications
  • Academic and career counseling
  • Stipend for conducting summer research
  • Funding for travel to graduate schools
  • Opportunity to present at a national conference


  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Hold U.S. Citizenship or a permanent residency visa
  • Be a first-generation college student that meets low income guidelines OR from an ethnic group underrepresented in graduate education (African-American, Chicano/Latino, Native America/Alaskan, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • Intend to purse a Ph.D. after graduation