Our Program

Our Program

The First Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky is an affiliate of the First Scholars Network of The Suder Foundation. Our comprehensive program was created specifically to address the holistic development of first generation students throughout their undergraduate experience at UK. Scholars receive a scholarship, in addition to the social, academic and leadership activities designed to guide scholars through key transitions pivotal to their success.

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.
 

FRESHMAN YEAR: Connecting to Campus

  • Freshmen live in the First Generation Living Learning Community and participated in connected courses as a cohort.
  • Attend an off campus retreat in August to learn about First Scholars and each other.
  • Matched with an upper class First Scholar Peer Mentor.
  • Assess personal strengths and skills to determine if your major is a good fit through career workshops.
  • Explore student organizations on campus.
  • Meet regularly with the Program Coordinator to develop an Individual Strategic Plan (ISP).

SOPHOMORE YEAR: Optimizing the College Experience

  • Attend a retreat at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
  • Apply leadership development skills through a series of leadership workshops.
  • Matched with an upper class First Scholar Peer Mentor.
  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in a cohort designed service project.
  • Meet regularly with the Program Coordinator to develop an Individual Strategic Plan (ISP).

JUNIOR YEAR: Expanding Career and Community Opportunities

  • Attend a retreat at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
  • Select a Faculty/Staff mentor.
  • Continue membership in a student organization.
  • Serve in a Pay-It-Forward position within First Scholars.
  • Participate in professional development workshops to enhance leadership skills through giving back to the First Scholars Program.
  • Begin planning for capstone Individual Service Project.
  • Meet monthly with the Program Coordinator to develop an Individual Strategic Plan (ISP).

SENIOR YEAR: Transitioning to the Future

  • Attend and lead the freshmen retreat in August as well as the spring retreat for all scholars.
  • Select an Alumni mentor.
  • Participate in Real Life 101 workshops to prepare for life after college.
  • Complete capstone Individual Service Project.
  • Meet monthly with the Program Coordinator to develop an Individual Strategic Plan (ISP).