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Mission

The First Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky seeks to improve the retention and graduation rates of first generation college students through scholarship funding, programming, and campus collaboration.

Vision

The First Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky in partnership with The Suder Foundation seeks to develop a national model center to serve students who are the first in their families to go to college.

History

The First Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky is a grant funded initiative sponsored by The Suder Foundation housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Created in June 2009, the program provides 20 one-year scholarships of $5,000 to first-time, full-time first generation Kentucky residents towards their undergraduate education renewable for up to four years. In addition to the scholarship, scholars are matched with a peer mentor, join a student organization, participate in service projects and educational workshops, and have the support of a dedicated full-time program coordinator.

Program

The First Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky is an affiliate of the First Scholars Network of The Suder Foundation. Our comprehensive program was created specifically to address the holistic development of first generation students throughout their undergraduate experience at UK. Scholars receive a $3,000 scholarship over four years for a total of $12,000, in addition to the social, academic and leadership activities designed to guide scholars through key transitions pivotal to their success.

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Staff

Martina Martin serves as the First Scholars Program Coordinator. In her role she coordinates and oversees the First Scholars selection process and ensures a smooth transition to the University upon selection. Martina is also responsible for creating and implementing programming (academic, personal, and career and leadership development) for and the monitoring and tracking of academic progress of all First Scholars.

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