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'UK at the Half' Features First Scholars
Matthew Deffendall, director of the University of Kentucky's First Generation Initiatives, and two First Scholars were guests on 'UK at the Half' which aired during the UK vs. Louisville game. Read More [PDF]

UK First Scholars Meet with Benefactors, Eric and Deb Suder
President Eli and Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto hosted a reception for the UK First Scholars and their benefactors, Eric and Deb Suder, at Maxwell Place on Feb. 2. Read More [PDF]

UK Programs Help First-Generation College Students
In 2009, a Texas-based foundation chose the University of Kentucky for an extremely targeted pilot program: take 20 incoming freshmen whose parents never had any college classes, and help the students through. Read More [PDF]

First-Generation Freshmen Get Some Eastern Exposure
Four University of Kentucky freshmen in the First Generation Living Learning Community have been invited to give presentations at the Eastern Communication Association convention in Boston.
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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features First Scholars Program
"UK Perspectives" features an interview with Matthew Deffendall, director of first generation initiatives and Martina Martin, First Scholars coordinator.
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UK senior will be first in family, first in program to cross commencement stage
While this May is the first time graduates will wear blue gowns at the commencement ceremony, graduating senior Anthony Cadle will be experiencing several personal “firsts” when he walks across the stage on May 5. Not only is he the first member of his family to graduate from college, he will also be the first graduate of the University of Kentucky’s First Scholars Program. Read More.

University of Kentucky Program Helps First-generation College Students
The First Generation Initiatives was spawned from a project in 2010 called First Scholars that offered mentoring and scholarships to 20 incoming freshmen whose parents didn’t go to college. After a year in the program, all 20 were still enrolled in school. Read More.


Students De-stress, Give Back in Anticipation of Finals Week
The Dead Week Extravaganza provided an array of activities to energize students for finals. Read More [PDF]

'Cats Day Out' Gives Louisville Eighth Graders Inside View of UK
The UK Office of Undergraduate Admission, along with the First Scholars Program hosted students as part of a College Day Out, an initiative in which students visit various colleges. Read More [PDF]

At the U. of Kentucky, first-generation freshmen get a residence of their own
The first-generation living-learning community offers on-site tutoring, weekly seminars about adjusting to college life, and special field trips to help students get to know one another. Read More [PDF]

UK Welcomes 2011 First Scholars to Campus
The University of Kentucky has welcomed back all of last year's First Scholars, while also ushering in a new class of 20 first-generation college students from around the Commonwealth. Read More [PDF]

UK debuts first generation residence hall
The University of Kentucky is launching a novel, living learning community focused on freshmen who are the first in their families to attend college.
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Renovated dorm provides community for 'first scholars'
A group including Provost Kumble Subbaswamy and Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Mock attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest living learning community. Read More [PDF]

Program helps students achieve major milestone
A group of students are reaching a milestone no one else in their families has: completion of their first semester as a college student. Read More [PDF]

First in the family, first- generation students find starting college more difficult
Adjusting to college life is more difficult for some students than others. As the first person in her entire family to attend college, junior Andrea Corkran faced other issues that most students do not experience. Read More [PDF]


An Entrepreneur Backs First-Generation College Students
Eric Suder started out as a pretty conventional donor. The company he started, which makes telephone systems for businesses, made Mr. Suder a wealthy man.
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UK effort aids first-generation college students
The University of Kentucky has launched a program to help first-generation college students earn a bachelor's degree. The first Scholars Program is being funded with a $1.1 million grant from the Suder Foundation. Read More [PDF]

Changing the family tree
Students who are the first in their families to attend college are making a big leap. Their parents can't easily help them understand what lies ahead. They may be leaders in their high schools and homes, quite possibly contributing to their household's financial stability. Read More [PDF]