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When UK students Brittany Hurd, Nisa Bedwell, Tabitha Wilson and Nate Yates stepped onto UK's campus for the first time, they did so not only as first-year students, but as the first people in their families to go to college.
As participants in UK's First Scholars Program, these students receive scholarships, peer mentoring and individual strategic plans for success from the program that focuses specifically on first-generation students. Funded through a grant from the Texas-based Suder Foundation and now in its third year, the First Scholars Program has blown expectations out of the water in terms of both the retention rates and the grade point averages of the students it supports.