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McNair Scholars Program

  • Soar With Eagles

    Welcome to Sacramento State University McNair Scholars Program Website. "Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky." ~Dr. Ronald E. McNair

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  • Prepare for Graduate School

    Sacramento State McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program designed to prepare selected university students, in junior and senior standing, for admission and study at the doctoral level.

    Dr. Foss Snowden instructing students
  • Meet Diverse Culture

    Being a McNair Scholar is the experience of a lifetime. You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from people with diverse backgrounds. 

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  • TRIO Works

    McNair is a federally funded TRIO program.

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  • Meet Exciting People

    McNair Scholar Damone Jackson with Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III. In 2009, Time Magazine named Hrabowski one of the Top Ten College Presidents.[12] In 2012, Time Magazine named Hrabowski one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world.

    Damone Jackson with Freeman A. Hrabowski, III,

Welcome to the McNair Scholars Program

 Become A Scholar

Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 Cohort


Deadline to apply is May 12, 2017.
The application period for students wishing to join the 2017-2018 Cohort is now open!

If you are interested in becoming a McNair Scholar at Sacramento State, click here and/or contact us at:

River Front Center, Room 203
Phone: (916) 278-5118
Fax: (916) 278-3505

Upcoming Events

Northern California Diversity Forum
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Location: UC Merced

(The deadline to register is March 31, 2017)

Southern California Diversity Forum
 Saturday, November 4, 2017 
Location: CSU, Channel Islands

Sac State Student Research Symposium

McNair Research Symposium
Monday, April 24, 2017  
Location: CSU, Sacramento 

CSU Research Competition
Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 
Location: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

McNair Graduation Celebration
Monday, May 8, 2017  
Location: CSU, Sacramento

If you are interested in becoming a McNair Scholar at Sacramento State, click here and/or contact us at:

River Front Center, Room 203
Phone: (916) 278-5118
Fax: (916) 278-3505

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C. Moore

The Spring Semester has gotten off to a sunny start with the return of the McNair Scholars Program’s Orientation, which was held January 23, 2017 at California State University, Sacramento.

Scholars greeted one another with hugs and laughter, asking each other about their Winter break experience. Exciting stories of recent travels and family gatherings refreshed the 2016-2017 Cohort in preparation for the next academic year.

The Orientation was led by Dr. Chevelle Newsome, who serves as Dean of Graduate Studies and Acting Dean of Undergraduate Studies at CSU Sacramento. Dr. Newsome drew upon the history of the McNair Scholars Program, highlighting the beginning concepts of the program at CSU Sacramento and the importance “…of giving underrepresented, low income, and first generation students” the academic support to help them succeed. The conversation emphasized resources presented by the McNair Scholars Program to help scholars not only obtain a Bachelor’s degree, but also in pursuing a graduate degree.

Scholars then turned their attention to the Program Coordinator, Carlotta Moore. Mrs. Moore provided pertinent information to the scholars about travel and internship assistantships, along with humorous stories with the past cohorts. She credits the McNair Program for giving scholars “the opportunity to see parts of the United States that they would probably never get to see.”

Following Moore was the McNair Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Yvette Farmer. Dr. Farmer emphasized the importance of being a McNair Scholar and the commitment that is served by both student and Faculty Mentor. She also provided program expectations and requirements for the remainder of the academic year, stating “the McNair Scholars Program is a small group of students with great potential, but the work has to be done. Sometimes it is going to get hard. But, the help of your peers that surround you and with the help of your Mentor, the work can be done.”


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