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What is a First Scholar?

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. As of March 2015, the First Scholars Program is no longer accepting applications.

Our programming includes:

  • Development of an individual strategic plan based on the scholars Student Strengths Inventory (SSI) results;
  • Residence hall experience as a part of a living learning community (freshmen year) including connected core courses and common cohort course;
  • Progressive Mentoring;
  • Group activities include educational workshops, cultural events, and group and individual service projects.
  • Participation in a student organization based on the scholars interests.

The First Scholars Program at UK has been an affiliate of the national First Scholars Network of The Suder Foundation since 2009.

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.