How do I get a copy of the
Interested applicants may download a copy of the application
here, or visit our office to receive a hard-copy of the
application form, as well as additional information about his/her
eligibility for the program.
What does it mean to be a “first
generation” college student?
This term applies to students whose mother and/or father and/or
legal guardian did NOT earn a bachelors degree in the United
What if I have plans to study abroad during my Junior/Senior
The FULL attendance and participation of all scholars throughout
their Junior and Senior years is required. Therefore, students who
intend to study abroad during the semesters (and summer) of their
Junior/Senior years are not ideal candidates for the program.
I am an international student – do I still
qualify for the program?
Applicants MUST be American Citizens or Permanent Residents in
order to be considered for this program.
I attend St. John's University as a
part-time student – do I still qualify for the
Applicants must be full-time students and – if accepted – must
remain enrolled on a full-time basis for the 2-year duration of the
I am a graduate student earning a masters
degree, but I would also like to pursue a doctoral degree. Am I
eligible for this program?
Only undergraduate students (rising Juniors, specifically) are
eligible for the program at this time.
I am interested in pursuing a MD or JD,
will I benefit from this program?
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars program is specifically geared
towards students whose main educational objective is to earn a PhD.
Therefore, students who plan to get a Medical or Law degree are not
recommended to apply for this program.
When is the deadline to apply?
Although the actual deadline date changes from year-to-year,
applications for the program are accepted during the Spring
Semester. Students are generally notified of the deadline date as
it approaches. Interested applicants are welcome to call/email us
for more information.