The ˿Ƶ First-Gen Guarantee

First-Generation Students

˿Ƶ is committed to providing access, opportunity, and personal support to first-generation students

First-generation students make up 22% of our student body. Seventy six first-generation faculty and staff provide support to all students.

˿Ƶ is proud to provide extensive financial and personal support to all our first-generation students. So proud that incoming first-generation students are guaranteed one of the following:

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Four-Year Scholarship

Grissom Scholars Program

˿Ƶ’s commitment to opportunity and an excellent liberal arts and sciences education is deeply reflected in the Grissom Scholars Program, one of the College’s premier scholarships. Available to first-year applicants, each year the program offers ten high achieving, first-generation, high financial need, college students a full scholarship and $5,000 in educational enrichment funds. Grissom scholars and alumni represent 23 states.

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Four-Year Mentored Cohort

Kessler Scholars Program

Delivering on its commitment to ensure educational access and achievement for first-generation students, ˿Ƶ partners with the Kessler Scholars Collaborative, a program that connects high-achieving first-generation students with individualized support and cohort-based programming designed to foster academic, professional and personal growth.

Supplemental Funding

Thrive Enrichment Funds

A $10 million gift from Mr. & Mrs. J. David and Marlene Grissom, provides access to study abroad, internships and other educational opportunities for first-generation students. Centre provides incoming first-generation students with $5,000 in enrichment funding in addition to their generous financial aid packages.

First-Generation Office

Speak with dedicated staff who are working hard every day to support first-generation students at ˿Ƶ. On campus, visit the First-Generation Office on the second floor of the Combs Center to meet with staff.