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 is a comprehensive program created specifically to address the holistic development of first generation students throughout their undergraduate college experience at the University of Kentucky. Our program based on theory and research includes multiple levels of support to address the unique challenges first generation students face.
Starting with an assessment-based selection process, students apply as high school seniors for admission to the selective program. Selected participants will engage in programming specifically designed for the first generation student.
Our programming includes:
- Development of an individual strategic plan based on the scholars Student Strengths Inventory (SSI) results;
- Residence hall experience as a part of a living learning community (freshmen year) including connected core courses and common cohort course;
- Progressive Mentoring ;
- Group activities include educational workshops, cultural events, and group and individual service projects.
- Participation in a student organization based on the scholars interests.
The First Scholars Program at UK has been an affiliate of the national First Scholars Network of The Suder Foundation since 2009.