First-Generation

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world
better than you found it.” Marian Wright Edelman, American lawyer and civil rights
activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund


The First Generation Identity/Affinity Community, is a place where students can network with like-minded alums and professionals who are passionate about their journey as First-Generation students. This community will identify shared experiences and resources central to their academic success.

Scroll through the articles, blogs, videos, and TED talks to find information related to the first generation experience and be inspired by first generation success stories. At the bottom of the page, you will find resources, including First-Generation organizations and scholarships earmarked specifically for First-Generation students. If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources and opportunities that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.

Check out the DrewFIRST club!

DrewFIRST is a club centered towards the success of first generation college students. Students who identify as such struggle with the transition to college, and often find themselves feeling isolated and lacking the necessary support and resources to find their place. DrewFIRST hosts events and workshops that cater to professional, academic and social development for each student.

 

The Most Successful College Students Swear by These 5 Things

Being successful in college means getting the best grades you can. This sets you up for success after college, both academically and financially. But what does success really look like when you break it down?    To be a successful college student, …

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5 Essential Tips for First-Generation College Students

by Bethanny Parker

August 12, 2021

A first-generation college student is someone whose parents did not earn a four-year degree.
Take advantage of student services, such as academic advising and tutoring.
Reach out to advisors …

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Student Success in College: An Expanding Perspective

 

In the 2017-2018 school year, the average cost of attending a four-year public university for out-of-state students was $40,940[1].  With skepticism about the value of a college degree, increasing costs of attendance, …

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Collegiate Times Discusses How First-generation Students Are Pioneers of Higher Education

In an opinion piece entitled, “First-generation students are the pioneers of higher education,” contributor, Lisa Fenjiro discusses why the the hard work that first-gen students put into their collegiate career is something that should be recognized and celebrated more than …

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First-Generation College Graduates Lag Behind Their Peers on Key Economic Outcome

A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicates that while the college educated earn more over their lifetime than those who have not attended college, first generation college students are economically lagging behind their peers.  This detailed article breaks …

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First in Family Scholarships

As a first-generation student, you are likely to be challenged with navigating the college process without the learning curve that …

Career Planning Guide for College Students

A career planning guide is a vital resource that can help many students achieve their desired occupation after graduation and …

Independent College Fund of New Jersey

Multiple scholarships for the upcoming year are available through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.

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