Supporting First-Generation College Students
Will you be the first in your family to complete a 4-year college degree? Did you know that nationally, first generation college students are less likely to graduate than their continuing generation peers? Or that first generation college students have demonstrated lower levels of academic and social integration while in college?
While there is significant research to document the difficulties that first generation college students face, there is also a lot of research that demonstrates how additional academic, financial and social supports for first generation students can improve their chances of completing their college degree.
The First Generation Scholars Program at Loras College offers a scholarship up to $1,500 to support first generation college students and their families through engagement, communication, study skills, and experiential opportunities.
- Supportive infrastructure for students and their families, the First Generation Scholars Program aims to enhance participating students’ overall college experience from their first week through graduation and to support them in achieving their goal of being the first in their family to complete a college degree.
- Cohort model aids students in building meaningful connections while participating in the program
- Receive up to a $1,500 annual scholarship based on financial need
- Awards are renewable with continued program participation
Criteria to Qualify
- Neither parent or guardian have completed a 4 year college degree
- Have demonstrated financial need
- Apply and be admitted to Loras College
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Submit the First Generation Scholars Program application and supporting materials by March 31
To be considered for the scholarship you must
- Apply, and be admitted to Loras College
- Be a first-generation student, which for this program means that your parent(s) or guardian(s) has/have no bachelor’s degree
- Be an incoming first-time, full-time first-year, or transfer student with at least 60 credits left to complete their degree
- Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Preference will be given to those with unmet financial need as determined by the Loras College financial planning office
- Be willing to fully participate in the First Generation Scholars Program and activities for as long as the award is accepted.
- Submit the program application and additional materials by March 31 (see application process below).
Students selected to be a First Generation Scholar must:
- Agree to attend the Loras College First Generation Scholars Welcome prior to Launch into Loras;
- Agree to participate in 4 years (2 years if transfer student) of progressive and socially challenging programming, campus activities, and career readiness workshops;
- Agree to attend designated meetings with the Director of Intercultural Programs or designee;
- Transition to leadership roles as upperclassman with participation as student leader in the First Generation Scholars Welcome program and potential mentorship role for incoming students;
- Maintain full time status;
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion;
- Abide by all Loras College policies found in the student handbook;
- Represent the college in a positive manner
Disclaimer: The College reserves the right to change program participation criteria. Any changes would be made in the Spring term for Fall implementation.