McNair Scholarship

The McNair Scholars program is a prestigious scholarship for first-year students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements combined with a commitment to service and leadership. The scholarship is a full-tuition equivalent for four years (provided eligibility is maintained).
Each year, McNair scholars are selected by the Columbia College president, who serves as a mentor to the group. These young women are not only top students academically, but they also embody Christian values of community, responsibility, and service.      



  • Superior academic achievement
  • Excellent standardized test scores
  • Recommendations from community leaders, advisors or mentors
  • Demonstrated inclination to service and volunteerism
  • Evidence of leadership, sense of duty, concern for others and integrity


  • Full cost of attendance for all four years
  • Part of a community of scholars with a united and visible identity
  • Columbia College President as program advisor and mentor
  • Option to live with other McNair Scholars on the academic achievement floor of McNair Hall
  • Special community service projects and leadership opportunities 
  • Participation in the nationally-recognized Honors Program