Our Program

First Scholars’ comprehensive program was created to specifically address the holistic development of first-generation students (students whose parents or guardians did not earn a post-secondary degree) throughout their college experience. Our program is based on student development and success research to address the unique challenges first-gen students face.

This Steps To Success™ framework guides Scholars through the key transitions pivotal to their success. Each year focuses on an annual theme and targeted learning objectives that progressively evolve from year to year:

FRESHMANConnecting to Campus

SOPHOMOREOptimizing the College Experience

JUNIORExpanding Career and Community Opportunities

SENIORTransitioning to the Future

Some programming components are:

  • Development of an individual strategic plan
  • Progressive Mentoring
  • Freshman Transition Course
  • Living Learning Community
  • Group activities such as social interactions, educational workshops, and academic enrichment opportunities
  • Participation in a student organization based on Scholar interests
  • Service learning opportunities