News from Loras College

Loras College creates First Generation Scholars Program, offers $1,500

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, Iowa’s first college, has announced the creation of the First Generation Scholars Program to support first-generation college students and their families. The program offers a $1,500 scholarship and strives to promote engagement, study skills, and unique educational opportunities for students successfully progressing toward graduation at Loras.

“First-time students often face unique challenges while pursuing their dream to attend college,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “After all, they are embarking in unfamiliar territory and paving the path of opportunity within their family.”

The acceptance process includes an application, essay and a letter of recommendation. Awards are renewable with continued program participation. The deadline for applications is April 15.

Full participation includes maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, living in campus housing while at Loras, maintaining full-time status and agreeing to actively participate in progressive and socially challenging programming, campus activities and career readiness workshops.

The program is a partnership between Loras College and the Puerto Rican Police Association Chicago. The organization will help provide financial support, hold informational sessions in the Chicago area and share mentoring offerings.

“PRPA and Loras share the mission of opening doors to a collegiate career to all students,” said Sergio Perez, director of intercultural programs at Loras College. “Combined, we hope to encourage and support those considering college as the first in their families.”

Visit for more information, application and a recommendation form for the First Generation Scholars Program. Or contact Sergio Perez at or 563.588.7205.

For more information about Loras College, visit, call 563.588.7100 or (800) 245-6727. Or like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege.

About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras is ranked 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings and the 11th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges.


Thomas Jensen, Public Relations Manager
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