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What is a First Scholar?

First Scholars is a comprehensive program created specifically to address the holistic development of first generation students throughout their undergraduate college experience at the University of Kentucky. Our program based on theory and research includes multiple levels of support to address the unique challenges first generation students face. The First Scholars Program at UK has been an affiliate of the national First Scholars Network of The Suder Foundation since 2009. Learn more about our program.

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First Scholars in the News

First Scholars Application Now Available

The University of Kentucky Office of First Generation Initiatives has announced the application for the First Scholars Program. Open to incoming, full-time freshmen who are first-generation...

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...