Center for Educational Opportunity Programs


The KU TRIO McNair Scholars Program offers a variety of services and resources that assist students with preparing for graduate school and successfully completing graduate applications. Once admitted to the program, students receive the following free services:

  • Summer research internships with a generous stipend
  • Six KU academic credits (three in independent study and three in research methods)
  • The mentorship of a KU faculty member
  • Tutoring in any course
  • GRE test preparation
  • Workshops on topics related to the graduate school application process
  • Academic, career and personal counseling
  • Individualized graduate school application assistance
  • All-expense paid trips to regional and national conferences
  • Access to photocopiers, computers, color printers, a fax machine, and office supplies
  • Access to the McNair Lending Library
  • The opportunity to publish their research in the Kansas McNair Journal
  • The opportunity to present their research at the KU McNair Research Symposium
  • The ability to borrow technology such as laptops and digital recorders

In addition, over 200 graduate schools offer application fee waivers for McNair Scholars, and a growing number offer fellowships specifically reserved for McNair Scholars.

Graduate Schools Offering Application Fee Waivers and Fellowships for McNair Scholars

The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) is building a legacy of learners and leaders through a commitment to educational equity. CEOP programs provide support for academic, financial, social, and career goals to students and families by partnering with Kansas school districts and communities in Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Wyandotte counties, and serves communities throughout Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. Additionally, CEOP provides evaluation support to programs in Kansas and Tennessee.

The Achievement and Assessment Institute

CEOP is one of six centers housed within The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas which exists to improve the performance of students, adults, and public agencies throughout local, state and national communities. AAI and its centers partner with numerous agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement and building healthy environments, as well as to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults and communities succeed. AAI was established in 2012 through the merger of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, established in 1983, and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Services, established in 1997. Both organizations have long track records of successfully building partnerships and programs that support the achievement of young children, school-aged children, adults, and publicly-funded agencies. In July 2013, AAI became one of 12 designated university research centers and institutions by KU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.