A Proud Tradition at St. Edward's University Since 2004

The St. Edward’s University McNair Scholars Program, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, proudly and consistently attracts the best and brightest who take full advantage of all the program has to offer. Our scholars have gone on to pursue and achieve their goals in doctoral, professional, and other graduate programs. 

The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society, and there is no question that the program is successful in fulfilling its mission to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Participants come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. A majority are low-income and first-generation college students.

The program provides funding for faculty-directed research that includes a stipend for scholars. In addition, McNair scholars benefit from visits to graduate schools, academic counseling, course tutoring, professional conferences, preparation for GRE exams, and advice and assistance with the graduate school selection and application process.



Molly Minus


Dr. Molly Minus

Sonia Briseno

Assistant Director

sbriseno [at] stedwards.edu (Sonia Briseno)

Auburney Jackson

Graduate Assistant

ajackso3 [at] stedwards.edu (Auburney)ajackso3 [at] stedwards.edu ( Jackson)

Maria Gomez

Senior Secretary

mariadg [at] stedwards.edu (Maria Gomez)

Eligibility, Benefits and Opportunities, and Application

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are available to all eligible full-time students at St. Edward’s University.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • GPA of 2.7 or better.
  • Have completed at least 60 hours of college credit by the end of the spring semester and have at least 1 year remaining before graduation. Students with at least 45 hours of college credit but less than 60 hours may still apply for the program and participate in a number of activities that will prepare them for full participation in the Summer Research Experience once they have earned 60 credit hours.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Low-income and first generation college student


  • A member of a group underrepresented in doctoral study (e.g., Hispanic, Black, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native American Pacific Islander).
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

For more information, email mcnair [at] stedwards.edu.

Benefits and Opportunities

Throughout the academic year McNair scholars receive:

  • Regularly scheduled seminars on topics related to graduate school preparation.
  • A mentoring opportunity with a faculty member who will provide guidance, advice, role modeling and an introduction to the academic profession.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • GRE test preparation.
  • Visits to graduate schools.
  • Graduate school application fee waivers by those universities that conduct TRIO programs, as well as others.


McNair scholars may also be eligible for a research internship beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer for eight weeks that includes:

  • A stipend of up to $2800 paid during the summer.
  • Paid room and board on campus for the eight weeks.
  • Three semester hours of tuition-free credit.
  • The opportunity to present research at the St. Edward’s University McNair Scholars Program Research Symposium and at national McNair Scholars conferences.


2016 Application

Program Publications

The McNair Scholars Program publishes an annual research journal and newsletter. The journal presents work done during an 8-week summer research internship by our scholars. Our newsletter, The Orbit, highlights accomplishments, interviews with the people who help to make our program successful, and other important information.

About the McNair Scholars Program (Flyer and Brochure)




Giving to McNair

If you would like to make a gift to support the McNairs Scholars Program at St. Edward’s University, please donate online. In the Gift Note section of the giving form, you can designate your gift for the McNair Scholars Program.        

If you have questions about making a gift or would like to speak with someone in University Advancement, please call 800-964-7833, 512-464-8826 or send an email to advancement [at] stedwards.edu.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the McNair Scholars Program at St. Edward’s University.