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First Generation Initiatives

Our Programs

First Scholars

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.

Robinson Scholars

Robinson Scholars are preselected students from Appalachian Coal Counties who enroll at the University of Kentucky or any KCTCS community college and receive full scholarships (tuition and fees, room and board, and a book allowance), as well as extra services to help them achieve their academic goals.

First Generation Living Learning Community

The First Generation Living Learning Community is a residential experience designed to support first generation students and assist them with their transition from high school into college life at UK. Academic success is encouraged through connected courses with their peers, increased faculty and staff interaction, as well as intentional programming efforts.


With a two-year $100,000 grant from the Louisville-based Gheens Foundation, the University of Kentucky is launching a pilot initiative entitled 1G2UK focused on improving retention and graduation rates for first-generation college students from Jefferson County.