First Scholars eligibility and application
If you’re a first-generation college student interested in applying to NAU’s First Scholars program, you can get information and apply on this page.
Students who apply to the First Scholars program must:
- Be a first-generation student, meaning neither parent(s) or guardian(s) have a bachelor’s degree.
- Be a first-time student who has been admitted to NAU for the 2023–2024 year. This includes submitting appropriate application and enrollment fees, and high school transcripts.
- Demonstrate financial need and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. You must have a completed FAFSA on file with NAU by April 1.
- Be a US citizen or qualified non-citizen as defined by federal law.
- Be eligible for in-state tuition.
- Be willing to participate fully in the First Scholars program and activities for four years.
First Scholars will consider other components of the application such as quality of writing, academic performance, contribution to the community, and community college courses taken, if applicable. Please fully complete all parts of the application to be fully considered for the First Scholars program.
Students selected to be a First Scholar must:
- Attend an NAU new student orientation and the First Scholars orientation (date to be determined).
- Participate in designated retreats, activities, workshops, and service projects for four years.
- Meet with a peer mentor their first year.
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA, semester and cumulative.
- Commit to this four-year program that helps students achieve success.