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The road to a college degree is paved with countless detours for the average student, but if you are the first in your family to choose that path, you can anticipate more obstacles in your academic endeavors. Rest assured, there is ample financial support for those who qualify.

As a first-generation student, you are likely to be challenged with navigating the college process without the learning curve that comes from having a college graduate family member to lean on. Parents who do not have much first-hand experience or insight on how to maximize your financial aid package or the importance of internship opportunities, and networking can be difficult. While figuring out how to balance a full course load, a part-time job, and social life are skills you will develop along the way, most colleges and quite a few organizations offer scholarships specifically for first-generation students to help them thrive in higher education.

Saint Mary’s University, for example, started their First-Generation Initiative that offers access and financial support to first-generation students. The University of Iowa provides the First Generation Iowa program to first in family students, the University of Colorado Boulder has the First Generation Grant and Texas A&M University offers the Regents’ Scholarship.

Wherever you are in your college journey, Scholarships.com can help you reach your destination. Below is a list of some popular first-generation scholarships from our database of over 2.7 million awards. You can find even more scholarships by conducting a free college scholarship search and be well on your way to starting a new family tradition.

Becas Univision Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 30, Annually
UnivisionScreen Shot is offering 34 scholarships ($5,000 each) to students in high school, transferring from community college, and current college students.

Deadlines:
- Priority Consideration I: Application due January 31st Recommendation due January 31st
- Priority Consideration II: Application due February 28th Recommendation due February 28th
- General Scholarship Deadline: [...] More

Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 02, Annually
Preference is given to first-generation students (defined as a student whose parents have not graduated from and institute of higher education with a four-year degree).

This scholarship is given on behalf of Benjamin and Patricia Allen in honor of their dedication to the College of Business. This scholarship is funded by the Allens, University Faculty and Staff, business leaders, and the [...] More

Carol A. Hurley Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
This scholarship was established by the friends, family, and colleagues of Carol Hurley, a VSAC outreach counselor who helped first-generation college-bound students prepare for college.

Eligibility:
-Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding
-Graduate of one of the following high schools: Randolph Area Vocational Center, Randolph Union High School, Rochester Union [...] More

Catawba College's McCorkle Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
The McCorkle's Scholarships are the most prestigious scholarship awards at Catawba. Consideration for the McCorkle's Scholarship is by invitation only. In order to be considered for an invitation, students must first apply for admission to Catawba by January of their senior year, and be admitted by February. Qualified students are invited to compete based on high school GPA, coursework intensity, [...] More

Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 25, Annually
This scholarship was established in 2005 in the name of Cynthia E. Morgan, who passed away in October 2004 after a courageous, but all-too-brief, fight with stomach cancer. It has been established in an attempt to aid select college students in paying for their post-secondary education. This year’s scholarship is set at $1,000.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicant must:
- Be a [...] More

Diamonds in the Rough Ministry International Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
The hope of Diamonds in the Rough Ministry Intl. is to empower women down the road of self-discovery and self-worth in Jesus Christ. The Diamonds in the Rough Ministry Intl. Scholarship is for high school senior females who excel in all things, including academics, community service, and extracurricular activities.

Applicant Eligibility:
- Female
- High School Seniors
- Minimum GPA of [...] More

Layton Family Foundation
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
High School seniors residing in Shelby County (Ohio) and attending a school in Shelby County (Ohio) who will be a first-generation student (neither parent has a bachelor's degree or higher). You must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and will be enrolling as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the coming academic year. Selection based [...] More

Taigh Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
The Taigh (a Gaelic term for “home or dwelling”) Scholarship was established to inspire and encourage residents of Peacham, Vermont, to pursue a post-secondary education. The donors of this scholarship understand the challenges that students from rural areas face, particularly those who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary school. It is the donors’ intent that this scholarship [...] More

TELACU David C. Lizarraga Fellowship
Application Deadlines: February 26, Annually
Since 2007, TOYOTA has generously funded The David C. Lizárraga Fellows—an impressive cohort of graduate students. One of only a handful of corporations providing financial assistance for advanced degrees, TOYOTA’s investment is helping to ensure that our nation has a well-educated workforce equipped to participate in the 21st century global economy. While priority is given to applicants pursuing [...] More

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor's degree.

Eligibility & Award Criteria:
-U.S. Citizen
-Graduating high school senior; first year student in an [...] More

University of Colorado Boulder First Generation Grant
Application Deadlines:
The First Generation Grant is awarded to Colorado residents whose parents do not have any education or technical training beyond high school. Additionally, students awarded with the First Generation Grant have the opportunity to participate in the First Generation scholars program.

Eligibility:
-Be a Colorado resident
-Certify that neither parent has attended any education beyond high [...] More

Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program TIP Grants
Application Deadlines:
The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To [...] More

Last Edited: October 2015

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