First Scholars FAQ
Helpful information for first-generation students and parents
Please review the frequently asked questions below, for a better understanding of the program.
What is the class I have to take as part of the First Scholars program? Accordion Closed
- The class is based on the NAU 100 model that helps students connect with resources on campus to help them succeed at NAU. This class also helps students learn about and understand what it means to be successful in their own terms and as a First Scholar. The class time and dates have yet to be determined.
Do I have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and if so, by when? Accordion Closed
- Your FAFSA should be completed and submitted by November 15, 2018, (NAU’s priority deadline), to ensure you receive the most funding possible.
- To qualify for First Scholars, you must submit your FAFSA and have a complete file by April 1.
When do I have to pay the $350 enrollment deposit? Accordion Closed
- To qualify for First Scholars, you must also pay your enrollment deposit by April 1. Visit NAU’s accept my offer page to make your payment.
- The enrollment deposit is non-refundable after May 1st.
How does the First Scholars office communicate with students? Accordion Closed
- Our primary method of communication is through email directed to the student’s NAU email address. (NAU student emails are assigned during the admission process and are usually two or three initials followed by a series of numbers e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org).
- You can reach our offices by phone at 928-523-3636.
After I apply, what happens next? Accordion Closed
- You will be notified if you are eligible for the First Scholars program and if so, directed to a website to complete an assessment called, “Student Strengths Inventory.” This assessment takes about 20 minutes.
What is expected of me as a First Scholar? Accordion Closed
- The First Scholars program is the premier first generation program on the NAU campus. With this in mind, students take on a greater responsibility and are much more visible than most students. They are expected to be involved in campus activities, successful in the classroom and leaders at NAU.
- There are multiple events and activities that students must attend:
- Fall retreat
- Three social events throughout each semester
- Assigned successful strategies workshops
- Weekly meetings with your peer mentor
- Monthly meetings with the First Scholars coordinator
- Volunteering in the community
- This is a very student-involved program. If you intend to go home weekly, then this might not be the most appropriate program for you
What is the purpose or mission of the First Scholars? Accordion Closed
- The mission of The Suder Foundation (TSF) is to dramatically improve the graduation rate of first-generation college students and prepare each scholar for a life with self-awareness, success and significance.
- We accomplish this mission through First Scholars—our holistic student success program currently operating at our growing national network of four-year public universities. First Scholars programs are at Northern Arizona University, Memphis University, Washington State University, Kansas State University, Southern Illinois University, University of Kentucky and University of Alabama.