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McNair Scholars Program


Mcnair program

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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The Court House Tower.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare underrepresented undergraduate students for the rigors of doctoral studies through involvement in research experiences and other scholarly activities.  This Federal TRIO program is one of over 200 across the United States funded by a grant from the Department of Education. Our namesake is that of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a NASA astronaut and laser physicist who was aboard the Challenger in the 1986 tragedy.  McNair Scholars are part of a legacy dedicated to the high standards of achievement that Dr. McNair inspired.

Mission: The Knox College McNair Scholars Program will increase the number of Knox College’s low-income and first-generation students and students from underrepresented groups who successfully attain PhD degrees.


  • Paid research experiences during the academic year and in the summer
  • Enriched academic planning and personal support from McNair Staff
  • Financial literacy and scholarship application assistance
  • Funded conference travel and graduate school visits
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • Cultural and social programming
  • Assistance in applying to graduate schools and cost offsets


288 students have been served by the Knox College McNair Project

  • 99% have graduated with a bachelor’s degree
  • 68% have gone on to earn graduate degrees
    • 12% PhDs
    • 45% Master’s
    • 10% Professional Doctorates

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Printed on Sunday, June 23, 2024