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McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program at Eastern Kentucky University

The McNair Scholars Program at Eastern Kentucky University encourages and assists talented, program-eligible, undergraduate students who are committed to achieving doctoral degrees. 

McNair scholars exhibit strong self-initiative, excellent academic performance, and strong potential for graduate school success. 

Program professionals and University faculty members work closely with participants to foster sound scholarly skills while offering holistic encouragement and support. 

In addition, each McNair Scholar at EKU is eligible to receive an EKU scholarship.  

By demonstrating quality academic performance, ethical behavior, and impressive extra-curricular achievement, McNair scholars earn respect from academic peers and University faculty and staff members. 

It is recognized achievement and earned respect that make McNair scholars attractive to top graduate programs across the nation.

If you are a talented undergraduate student aiming for a career that requires a doctorate, contact the EKU McNair Scholars Program today!

                                                      Office Location                                             

The EKU McNair Scholars Program is located in the Graduate School suite on the third floor of the Whitlock Building.  Please enter the Graduate School main reception area in Whitlock 310.  Please see the McNair academic counselor/coach - Debbie Sowers - in Whitlock 311.    

While any person is welcome to stop in to visit at anytime, we recommend to call ahead or email to schedule an appointment to ensure Debbie will be available to meet you. 

Contact Debbie Sowers at or 859-622-6268. 


McNair scholar Bradley Lackey delivers commencement address December 2, 2023.

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