Participating in First Scholars™
includes an annual scholarship of $5,000, renewable for an additional 3 years
for a total maximum reward of $20,000. The program is open to incoming
first-time, full-time freshmen whose parents have no more than two years of
education beyond high school and no post-secondary degree.
Program participants must:
- Be a first-generation student, which means that your parents have
no more than two years of education beyond high school and no post-secondary
degree, including an Associates or Bachelors degree.
- Be an incoming first-time, full-time freshman.
- Apply, and be admitted to the University.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Perform in the mid-range of the university’s admission standards (minimum
3.0 core high school GPA, 20 – 25 composite ACT score or 950 – 1140 combined
math and verbal SAT scores).
- Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen as defined and permitted under Federal or state law.
- Be eligible for in-state student tuition at the affiliate university.
- Intend to live on campus and apply for campus housing by the
- Apply for financial aid by the university's deadline by completing the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or qualify for financial aid as defined and permitted under Federal or state law.
- Complete the Student Strengths Inventory™ (SSI), a non-academic
assessment of your potential for success.
- Be willing to fully participate in the First Scholars program and
First Scholars will be selected
based on our eligibility criteria and the results of the SSI. If selected,
First Scholars will provide opportunities to maximize success in college and
help each Scholar create an individualized plan.
Each First Scholars
recipient will be granted up to four one-year scholarships toward undergraduate
studies, provided he or she:
- Maintains full-time student status (as defined by the
- Maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Stays on track to graduate on schedule (attains an average of 30
credits per academic year).
- Demonstrates commitment and full involvement in the
First Scholars program, including developing and following an individualized
strategic plan and participating in required activities.
- Completes the service requirement for the academic
most universities consider students who are taking 12 credit hours per semester
to have full-time status, taking 12 credits per semester does not keep you on
pace to graduate in four years. Please keep in mind that this scholarship
covers four years. In order to stay on track to graduate in four years, you
should aim to earn an average of 30 credits per year. Consult your advisor to
verify the exact number of credit hours needed to earn your particular degree.