U.S. Department of Education Announces $51.7 Million in 189 McNair Grants to Improve Disadvantaged Students’ Preparation for Doctoral Study


U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today announced $51.7 million in 189 new grant awards to institutions of higher education across the United States as part of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair). The program provides grants to universities and colleges for projects designed to provide disadvantaged college students effective preparation for doctoral studies.

“When we look at U.S. students studying to become our future physicians, professors, scientists and other crucial professionals requiring graduate degrees, many demographic groups are underrepresented, including first-generation college students and those from low-income families,” said Nasser Paydar, assistant secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education. “McNair grants fund projects at universities and colleges that help underrepresented students to access doctoral programs.”

Today’s announcement delivers on Secretary Cardona’s priorities to expand equitable access to education and make higher education more inclusive and affordable. Through McNair grant funding, projects at institutions of higher education provide students opportunities for research or other scholarly activities, such as summer internships and seminars. McNair-funded initiatives also prepare students for doctoral study through tutoring, academic counseling, and assistance with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. McNair projects may also provide services designed to improve financial and economic literacy of students, mentoring programs, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students.

A full list of the new grantees is below and includes 14 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), and 55 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) (including Hispanic Serving, Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions). Several additional McNair awards will be announced on a second slate, expected in September.

The McNair program is one of seven federal TRIO programs, targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Research from the National Center for Education Statistics shows demographic trends for enrollment in postbaccalaureate programs, from 2009-2020.


Grantee State 2022/2023 Award
University of Alaska Anchorage AK $261,885
Talladega College AL $292,305
Troy University AL $254,625
University of Montevallo AL $274,983
Miles College AL $261,888
Harding University, Inc. AR $274,983
University of Arkansas at Little Rock AR $243,041
Henderson State University AR $261,888
Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona AZ $261,887
California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation CA $264,431
California State University Fullerton CA $261,888
Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. CA $264,428
The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles CA $274,983
The Regents of the University of California (Davis) CA $299,983
California State University San Marcos Corporation CA $261,888
University of San Diego CA $267,841
San Jose State University Research Foundation CA $289,267
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara CA $261,887
California Lutheran University CA $261,886
Sonoma State University CA $261,888
University Enterprises, Inc dba Sac State Sponsored Research CA $254,257
California State University Long Beach Research Foundation CA $261,888
California State University, Fresno Foundation CA $314,266
The Regents of the Univ. of Calif., U.C. San Diego CA $296,520
Loyola Marymount University CA $261,888
California State University, Stanislaus CA $261,887
California State University, East Bay Foundation Inc. CA $259,486
Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation CA $261,888
University of Northern Colorado CO $300,988
University of Colorado Denver CO $261,888
The Regents of the University of Colorado CO $261,888
University of Connecticut CT $261,888
Wesleyan University CT $261,888
University of Delaware DE $261,888
The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees FL $118,288
University of Florida Board of Trustees FL $261,888
The Florida International University Board of Trustees FL $274,979
Morehouse College GA $303,044
Fort Valley State University GA $261,888
University of Georgia GA $261,889
University of North Georgia GA $261,888
Georgia Southern University Research & Service Fdn, Inc. GA $261,888
Boise State University ID $267,841
Idaho State University ID $261,888
Regents of the University of Idaho ID $261,194
Northeastern Illinois University IL $261,888
Knox College IL $300,034
Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University IL $272,364
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois IL $333,885
Roosevelt University – Chicago, IL IL $269,404
DePaul University IL $261,170
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology IL $260,583
Purdue University IN $329,475
Earlham College IN $242,129
Kansas State University KS $293,317
University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. KS $323,066
Wichita State University KS $293,316
Emporia State University KS $261,888
Eastern Kentucky University KY $261,888
Murray State University KY $267,841
Xavier University of Louisiana LA $274,982
University of Louisiana at Lafayette LA $321,409
Louisiana State University LA $321,406
University of New Orleans LA $261,888
University of Massachusetts Boston MA $320,307
Suffolk University MA $261,888
Wellesley College MA $261,888
Trustees of Boston College MA $267,841
University of Maryland – College Park MD $329,737
University of Maryland – Baltimore County MD $299,981
Wayne State University MI $261,622
Central Michigan University MI $275,516
Northern Michigan University MI $253,769
Siena Heights University MI $284,772
Grand Valley State University MI $300,705
Eastern Michigan University MI $261,888
Augsburg University MN $261,885
University of Minnesota Morris MN $261,888
College of St. Scholastica, Inc. MN $293,316
St. Olaf College MN $261,888
Bemidji State University MN $261,888
Regents of the University of Minnesota MN $348,828
University of Central Missouri MO $289,267
The Curators of the University of Missouri MO $299,945
Truman State University MO $303,554
Southeast Missouri State University MO $261,888
Jackson State University MS $261,888
The University of Mississippi MS $299,980
Delta State University MS $260,774
University of Southern Mississippi MS $261,888
Montana State University MT $261,888
North Carolina Central University NC $261,888
Fayetteville State University NC $261,888
Johnson C. Smith University NC $261,195
North Carolina State University NC $261,888
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC $256,648
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC $260,631
Saint Augustine’s University NC $261,888
University of North Dakota ND $289,267
Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska, Univ Nebraska-Lincoln NE $261,888
University System of New Hampshire NH $322,002
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey NJ $261,888
Bloomfield College and Seminary NJ $261,888
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey NJ $302,741
Rider University NJ $261,888
Kean University NJ $261,878
New Jersey Institute of Technology NJ $261,888
The University of New Mexico NM $275,076
New Mexico State University NM $261,888
Board of Regents, NSHE obo University of Nevada, Las Vegas NV $275,506
Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno NV $274,983
Board of Regents, NSHE obo Nevada State College NV $261,888
Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Hunter College CUNY NY $261,888
The Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of U. at Buffalo NY $321,411
Rochester Institute of Technology NY $261,888
St. Lawrence University NY $269,978
Mercy College NY $261,888
Research Foundation of CUNY o/b/o John Jay College NY $282,828
University of Rochester NY $305,445
The Research Foundation for SUNY at Brockport NY $355,618
The Research Foundation for the State University of New York NY $297,226
Cornell University NY $261,888
Clarkson University NY $261,888
The Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of SUNY Geneseo NY $261,875
Syracuse University NY $266,191
St. John’s University NY $255,936
University of Cincinnati OH $272,376
Kent State University OH $272,364
Bowling Green State University OH $261,888
East Central University OK $293,316
University of Central Oklahoma OK $250,878
Oklahoma State University OK $261,888
Southern Nazarene University OK $261,637
Southern Oregon University OR $274,983
Portland State University OR $274,983
Gannon University PA $261,888
Pennsylvania State University-University Park PA $352,928
University of Pittsburgh PA $261,888
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus PR $299,981
Rhode Island College RI $261,888
University of South Carolina TRIO Columbia Campus SC $278,224
Winthrop University SC $261,888
Tennessee State University TN $261,888
Lee University TN $261,888
East Tennessee State University TN $299,981
Texas Tech University TX $261,888
Sul Ross State University TX $261,888
The University of Texas at San Antonio TX $269,511
Sam Houston State University TX $274,983
The University of Texas at Austin TX $261,888
Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio TX $267,841
West Texas A&M University TX $275,516
Baylor University TX $261,888
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi TX $261,310
Texas A&M University Kingsville TX $289,981
University of North Texas at Dallas TX $261,888
Abilene Christian University TX $267,670
Southern Methodist University TX $261,888
The University of Texas at Arlington TX $295,336
Texas Christian University Inc TX $293,243
St. Edward’s University TX $274,983
Trinity University TX $261,888
Lamar University TX $259,198
St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas TX $261,804
Texas A&M University-Commerce TX $254,261
Texas Woman’s University TX $261,888
Texas State University TX $261,888
Texas Southern University TX $261,888
Hampton University VA $261,883
Virginia Union University VA $261,888
Virginia Commonwealth University VA $261,888
Castleton University VT $261,888
Eastern Washington University WA $299,981
Central Washington University WA $261,888
Washington State University WA $267,841
University of Washington WA $275,516
Heritage University WA $261,887
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse WI $261,284
Board of Regents, of WI System, University of WI-Stout WI $261,888
Beloit College WI $261,888
Bd of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System-Superior WI $261,888
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh WI $261,888
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System WI $293,316
Board of Regents of UW System for U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee WI $302,643
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire WI $275,516
Marquette University WI $324,726
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater WI $289,902
Concord University WV $299,981
University of Wyoming WY $342,835
TOTAL   $51,749,980