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McNair Scholars Program Benefits

McNair Prospective Students

The McNair Scholars Program aims to successfully prepare our scholars for entrance into graduate school. The ultimate goal of the program is for scholars to achieve a Ph.D. within 10 years of graduating from Southern Nazarene University.

 The program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and named after the late Ronald E. McNair who perished on the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. Dr. McNair represents a strong inspiration to all of our scholars, being an individual who achieved great heights, both personally and professionally. Dr. McNair earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Physics in 1976.

Benefits include:
 Conduct original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor
 $2,800 Stipend
 Present your research at a McNair Research Conference
 Present your research at a professional conference in your discipline
 Tutoring and Academic Assistance
 Graduate School Workshops and Seminars
 Graduate School Visits
 Graduate School Fee Waivers
 GRE Preparation
 Cultural Activities

 The McNair program is rigorous and requires that students take the McNair commitment seriously. Each year, we recruit a new cohort of scholars who move through the process during their sophomore, junior, and senior years, preparing themselves for graduate study and setting off to achieve doctorates in their area/field of interest once they complete their undergraduate degrees at Southern Nazarene University.

For additional information about the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, please visit the US Department of Education website at

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Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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