McNair Scholars

Application Part 1: Demographic Information & Written Material

Instructions for Filling out the Online Form

The form will allow you to save your progress, allowing you to return to finish entering your information.

If you need to make changes after you submit the form, please contact the UW McNair program and submit an additional form.  However, no changes will be accepted after the submission deadline.

The application material that we collect serves two purposes. First, it provides the UW McNair staff with information to help us make program admission decisions. Secondly, the UW McNair program must collect and maintain eligibility information for the Department of Education. See our information and privacy disclosures at the bottom of the page.

Application Part 2 only needs to be completed by applicants if they are selected for an interview in mid-February. Applicants will receive additional instructions and the necessary electronic forms to fill out.

In order to complete the application form, you will need the following information:

  1. Your demographic information, Name, gender, and race/ethnicity.
  2. Your UW GPA (if you have one).
  3. Your current number of UW and total academic credits.
  4. Your major(s) or intended major.
  5. Parent(s) or Guardian(s) education level. For determining first-generation status.
  6. Citizenship or Immigration Status.
  7. Taxable Income for the 2022 tax year which was submitted to the IRS in 2023. See below for more detailed information about taxable income.
  8. The 4 Items that you will be uploading as part of the Application Form:
    1. Your Written Response to the Personal Statement-saved as a pdf
    2. A copy of your current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) (pdf)
    3. Writing Sample (At least 2-pages in length, that was completed within the last 12-16 months (e.g. a paper from a course.))
    4. Unofficial copy(ies) of college transcript(s). Note that we do not expect you to pay for transcripts. Do not worry about including transcripts if you cannot easily obtain your transcript from a non-UW school. If this is the case, let the McNair team know.

Information about Taxable Income:

Your submission of Taxable Income must come from the tax return that was filed in 2023 for the 2022 tax-year. If you are a dependent, this is your parent’s or guardian’s taxable income.  If you are considered independent according to FAFSA, then it is financial information from your tax filing. Taxable Income is not the same as Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Taxable income is income after deductions are subtracted. On the 2022 tax form 1040, taxable income is found on line 15.