TRIO McNair Scholars Application


Thank you for your interest in the TRIO McNair Scholars program at The College of St. Scholastica! If you have any questions, please send an email to 

Please note that you cannot save your progress on the applicant information form below. We suggest you review the form in advance and collect all the needed information before you begin. 

Review program eligibility requirements. Answer a few questions to quickly determine your eligibility. 

After completing the below application, a McNair staff member will reach out to you with next steps. 

All applicants that earn admission into the TRIO McNair Scholars program will enroll in a 2-credit Research Foundations course taught at CSS in spring 2024 (NSC 3777, Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:50 January 18th to May 9th). CSS has committed to waiving tuition and fees associated with this course for all McNair Scholars, including those from UMD, LSC, and FDLTCC. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Troy Abfalter and Jeff Lanfranchi
TRIO McNair Scholars Program Staff



McNair Applicant Information Form

General Information
The McNair program takes information security seriously and only uses your information for program purposes. 
Student ID Number *
First Name *
Middle Name
Last Name *
Date of Birth *
Gender *
Mailing Address *
City *
State *
ZIP Code *
Cell Phone
Email Address *


Race and Ethnicity Information
Please select from drop-down menu for each race/ethnicity based on how you identify. This information is used to determine eligibility for the program. The U.S. Department of Education lists the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented in graduate education: Black/African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
American Indian/Alaskan Native *
Asian American *
Black or African American *
Hispanic *
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander *
White or Caucasian *
Other Race or Ethnicity


Residency and Income Information
This information is used to determine eligibility for the program. Contact the Financial Aid Office if assistance is required. 
Residency Status *
Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) Eligibility *
Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) Status *
Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) Award *


Family Educational Status
If you any of the following situations describes you, then you are considered a first-generation student.
Family Educational Status *


Academic Information
Please enter most recent academic information.
College Entry Date (excluding High School enrollment) *
Current Academic Standing *
Current Institution *
Attended Community College *
Transfer Institution *
Transfer Timeline
Academic Major(s) *
Area of Study *
Current Course Enrollment *
Upcoming Course Enrollment *
Cumulative GPA *
Honors Program *
Anticipated Graduation Date for Bachelor's Degree *


Please list one faculty member and one member in your support system (academic advisor, coach, mentor, another faculty member, et cetera) to complete a recommendation form on your behalf. We strongly suggest that you contact your recommenders and request permission prior to listing their names. The McNair program will e-mail the recommendation form to the individuals listed below.
Contact Information for First Recommender
Name *
Professional Title *
Email Address *
Contact Information Second Recommender
Name *
Professional Title *
Email Address *


Other Connections
Please indicate if you are currently or were previously connected to any of these support programs.
TRIO Talent Search
TRIO Upward Bound
TRIO Upward Bound Math/Science
TRIO Student Support Services
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office
Military/Veteran's Services
Other Support Programs


Certification and Authorization
Please review the application terms below and provide your digital signature. Be sure to select SUBMIT APPLICATION at the bottom of the page (after submitting your signature) 

I certify that the above applicant information is true to the best of my knowledge. I recognize that intentionally falsified information will lead to immediate dismissal from the program.

As allowed in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, I hereby authorize the TRIO McNair Scholars Program to disclose or obtain educational records for the strict educational purposes of the program, as deemed necessary and appropriate by the TRIO McNair Scholars Program Director. (For example, this authorizes McNair to collect recommendation information from your recommenders.) 
I understand that completion of my application package does not guarantee acceptance into the TRIO McNair Scholars program. My acceptance into the program will be determined by a fair and transparent review of selection criteria in comparison to the entire applicant pool. 


Applicant Signature *
Please select a signature verification type.


To complete the process, hit the submit application button below.