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Scholarships for First Generation Students

Scholarships for First Generation Students

September 22, 2010

As a first-generation college student, attending college isn’t just a big milestone for you. Rather, it’s a huge step for your entire family. Colleges and universities across the country recognize this achievement with scholarships for first generation students.

To help first generation students get their foot in the door, Fastweb has filled its database with scholarships specifically targeted to first generation students. With scholarships for first generation students, you can be the first in your family to attend and graduate from college, leading future generations in your family to do the same.

Being the first in your family to attend college is an accomplishment that shouldn’t be overlooked. Scholarships for first generation students helps to recognize your ability to take on this challenge as well as provides the means to make your college attendance goal a reality.

Below is a sampling of the scholarships for first generation students that exist in our database—filling out a profile may match you to scholarships for first generation students at your school of choice.


Reynolds Scholarship

The Reynolds Scholarship is available to students attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Applicants to the Reynolds Scholarship must demonstrate financial need and preference is given to first generation students. Students can apply to the Reynolds Scholarship just by completing the online scholarship application. Award amount varies.


Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship

The Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship is for first generation students enrolled at the College of Business at Iowa State University. To apply to the Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Ingrid Saunders Jones Endowed Scholarship

The Ingrid Saunders Jones Endowed Scholarship is available to first generation students hoping to attend Michigan State University. Applicants to the Ingrid Saunders Jones Endowed Scholarship must demonstrate good character and potential as a college student. An Ingrid Saunders Jones Endowed Scholarship package may include but is not limited to payment of tuition, student fees, textbooks, health insurance and living expenses.

Regents Scholarship – Texas A&M University

The Regents Scholarship from Texas A&M University is available to 600 first generation students. Recipients of the Regents Scholarship will receive an annual scholarship for $5,000 as long as they continue to meet the scholarship standards. Applicants to the Regents Scholarship must be a first generation college student whose family earns less than $40,000 a year.

First Generation Grant

The First Generation Scholarship is for Colorado residents enrolling at University of Colorado at Boulder. Recipients of the First Generation Scholarship can receive up to $2,000 each year for up to five years and are automatically considered for the scholarship at the time of their application. Students who receive the First Generation Scholarship must maintain a 2.0 GPA and participate in the First Generation Program.

Advantage Award – University of Iowa

The Advantage Iowa Award is designed to attract students who will create a more diverse learning environment, giving preference to first generation students. Advantage Iowa Awards range in amount from $2,000 to full tuition and can be renewed for up to four years. Students for the Advantage Iowa Award are considered at the time of admission and are merit-based.

Victoria A. and Ralph A. Johnson Endowed Scholarship – University of Alabama – Birmingham

The Victoria A. And Ralph A. Johnson Endowed Scholarship is for students within the School of Business at University of Alabama – Birmingham. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing. Preference is given to first generation students who are over age 22 and who are either a current or previous member of a union or have parents who are current or previous members in a union.


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