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McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program at DePaul University is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Project supported by 76 percent federal funds and 24 percent University funds. Our program prepares selected undergraduates for continued education through the doctoral level and aims to increase the number of students in doctoral programs from underrepresented groups.


We select 20 students each year to participate in both academic and summer activities. Students who are eligible for the program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualify as either a first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) whose household meets the low-income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education or as a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education. The U.S. Government currently defines “underrepresented groups” specifically as Native American, Hispanic and African American
  2. Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  3. Achieve sophomore status
  4. Possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above
  5. Have a sincere desire to complete doctoral work
How do I apply?

Applications for the McNair Scholars Program are available at 2320 W. Kenmore Avenue, SAC 166. You may also call 773.325.4743 if you need further information about the application process and deadlines.

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. IRT graduates have enjoyed remarkable success securing jobs as K-12 teachers, counselors and principals, as well as professors, university administrators and leaders.

To apply, please visit our webpage.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported 600 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

Beginning in the eighth grade, the Young Scholars Program, working through fourteen on-staff educational advisers, enables students to:

  • Participate in high-quality academic and extracurricular opportunities in their local community, on college campuses, and around the globe.
  • Develop the knowledge, talents, and leadership skills to be significant contributors to their field of interest and society at large.
  • Set and reach academic and talent goals that will prepare them to be competitive, well-informed applicants for our nation’s best colleges and universities.
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