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McNair Scholars Program


               COVID-19 / Delta Variant  Response

Eastern Kentucky University and the EKU McNair Scholars Program are concerned for the well-being of everyone on campus.  At this time:

·         Wearing face masks inside all University buildings is mandatory.

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EKU McNair Office Situation

At this time the EKU McNair Scholars Program is without an EKU office space.  We are packed and ready to move from the Jones Building to the Whitlock Building, but we have been given no forseeable date for the Univerisity to implement this move.  We are anxioiusly awaiting.  In the meantime, McNair staff members are working from home.  We are available to meet with any participating McNair scholar or any student interested in participating in the program via Zoom or in-person by scheduling a day and time to meet and designating an appropriate on-campus meeting place.  To schedule a meeting with the McNair program director - Rich Richmond - email  To schedule a meeting with the McNair Academic Counselor/Coach - Debbie Sowers - email

Welcome to the EKU McNair Scholars Program

The federally funded 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 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 at EKU 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!

A Tribute to Ronald E. McNair

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