Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program)


The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) assists low-income, first generation college students and those from underrepresented groups in preparing for graduate education.

The Henderson State University McNair Scholars Program is federally funded and serves 25 undergraduates per program year. It champions scholarly excellence in academics and leadership by financially and academically supporting talented students who desire to achieve distinction in research and scholarship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The McNair Scholars Program was established in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who died in the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. McNair completed a BS in Physics at North Carolina A&T State University, graduating magna cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The McNair Scholars Program maintains the spirit of its namesake by encouraging highly talented scholars to pursue advanced degrees.


McNair Program participants must be full-time undergraduates who meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must have a 3.0 (or better) GPA with at least 45 credit hours
  • Must be either first-generation and low-income OR from a group underrepresented in graduate education
  • Must have a strong desire to pursue a doctorate


  • Academic advising
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation
  • Research assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Research conferences
  • Pre-graduate school advising and career counseling
  • Presentation assistance
  • Cultural experiences
  • Graduate school visits
  • Publication opportunities
  • Laptop availability
  • Dedicated computer lab
  • Research stipend (up to $2800)


Mentoring is a vital component of the McNair Scholars Program and focuses primarily on research. Throughout the research component, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, program participants have the opportunity to engage in high-level, ongoing research. In addition to research skills, mentors also introduce participants to various aspects of professional socialization and scholarly conduct.

If you are interested in being a faculty mentor, please contact the McNair Scholars Program Director at or (870) 230-5333.


The McNair Scholars Program pre-application process can be completed ONLINE. Those who meet eligibility requirements will be notified.

For Current Scholars and Mentors:

Mentor Monthly

Mentor Weekly (SRI)

Scholar Monthly

Scholar Weekly (SRI)


The McNair Scholars Program office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

McNair Scholars Program at Henderson State University 
Edwards House
1039 Henderson Street, HSU Box 7711 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: (870) 230-5333