What is a First Scholar?
Matthew Deffendall, Director of First Generation Initiatives and Martina Martin, First Scholars Coordinator discuss the First Scholars program and its impact in this interview. Click the "play" button below to learn more.
First Scholars addresses the unique challenges of students who are the first in their families to attend college and supports them as they obtain a degree. Starting with an assessment-based selection process and specific next steps based on those results, scholars begin with an individual strategic plan for success. A program coordinator, peer mentors, programming, and scholarships address academic, social, emotional and financial needs. Participants maintain contact with the program for four years, transitioning to a leadership role by supporting incoming students.