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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). 

Apply to be a First Scholar

Get Involved

Join the Student Organization

In 2009, students formed The First Generation Student Organization at the University of Kentucky. The FGSO is designed to support, educate, and promote the needs of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Join our group on Facebook: First Generation Student Organization at UK.

Share your 1G story

Were you a first generation college student? We would love to hear your story. Who inspired you to attend college? What resources have you used on your road to success? What are the challenges you have faced? Contact Matthew Deffendall ( if you would like to share your story.  View all 1G stories here.

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

'1G2UK' Initiative Supports First-Gen UK Students in Jefferson County

"Being in this program means I am part of a college family that wants me to succeed and accomplish my dream of being the first person in my family to graduate from college," UK student Nate Yates...

Interview with Brittany Courtney

First-generation students make up 30 percent of the student body at UK. President Eli Capilouto has estimated that improving retention rates by 5 percent could result in $12 million to $15 million...

A Kentucky Family First

Anthony Cadle is the first person in his family to graduate college and is also the first graduate of UK’s First Scholars program. The program accepts 20 students...