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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: April 02, Annually
UnivisionScreen Shot is offering 34 scholarships ($5,000 each) to students in high school, transferring from community college, and current college students.

- 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
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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 Dean's Advisory Council. Dr. Allen was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Iowa State University from 2002-2006. Dr. Allen is a Distinguished Professor of [...] More

Carol A. Hurley Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
Carol Hurley touched many lives. A counselor by profession, she was also a counselor by avocation. She had a sparkling smile and compassionate nature that provided comfort to her family and friends, as well as the most casual of acquaintances. Carol died in May 2004 at the age of 55. This scholarship was established by her friends, family, and colleagues. For 14 years, Carol served as a VSAC [...] More

Catawba College's McCorkle Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
The McCorkle Scholarships are the most prestigious scholarships at Catawba.Consideration for the McCorkle Scholarship is by invitation only. In order to be considered for an invitation, students must first apply for admission to Catawba. Those subsequently invited to compete must provide a recommendation from a teacher or administrator and submit an essay of approximately 400-600 words (on a [...] 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

First Generation Grant - University of Colorado Boulder
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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.

To qualify for the First Generation Grant, a student must:
- Be a Colorado resident
- Certify that neither [...] More

First in the Family Humanist Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 02, Annually
Four $1000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating LAUSD seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Preference will be given to students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented and/or LGBTQ (system involved youth applicants also encouraged to [...] More

Herbert Lehman Educational Fund Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Herbert Lehman Scholarships were initially awarded in 1964 by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to help African-American students attend the formerly segregated four-year colleges and universities in the South and to increase the number of African-Americans in the legal profession. Lehman Scholarships are highly competitive, prestigious grants that have been awarded to [...] More

Layton Family Foundation
Application Deadlines: March 12, 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

Saint Mary’s University – First-Generation Initiative Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Our service to first-generation college students exemplifies the mission and vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The First-Generation Initiative provides access to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for qualifying students. It is designed to offer academic and personal support to first-generation college students as they transition into higher education. The initiative will also build the [...] More

Taigh Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 07, 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 28, 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

Texas A&M University Regents' Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The Regents' Scholarship is designed to assist first-generation college students in achieving their educational goals at Texas A&M University. Six hundred recipients will receive $5,000 per year for up to four years – with the ability to add other scholarship.

You must be a first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree). Your family’s adjusted gross income [...] More

Wisconsin Higher Education Grant
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The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG) Program provides grant assistance to undergraduate, Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, and Tribal institutions. Awards are based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed 10 semesters.

A student must apply for a Wisconsin Higher Education Grant [...] More

Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program TIP Grants
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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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