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First Generation Initiatives

Being 1G

Being a first generation (1G) college student means neither of your parents earned a Bachelor's degree, regardless of siblings and other relatives. The Office of First Generation Initiatives was created in 2011 by the Provost to lead campus wide efforts to recruit, retain and graduate more first generation students at the University of Kentucky. We are housed in the Two One Seven (217 Funkhouser).

Research Resource

A guide to the research literature and other sources of information about first generation college students with a focus on four-year undergraduate and graduate school experiences.

1G News

UK program helps first-generation, low-income students navigate college

When Gloria Maldonado was still at Bryan Station High School, she remembers college reps coming to talk about the University of Kentucky. The first in her family to plan to go to college, “I didn’...

EQT Grant to Robinson Scholars Program Will Support Scholarships for Eastern Kentucky Students

The Robinson Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky is pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the EQT Foundation to support scholarships for first generation students from...

UK EMBRACE Provides Students with Necessary Support and Resources to be Successful

In August 2015 the University of Kentucky Office of First Generation Initiatives created a new program dubbed UK EMBRACE. EMBRACE is designed to connect students with campus support programs that...