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Career Search Information for First Generation College Students

Challenges First Generation College Students May Face
  • Although perhaps supportive of higher education, their parents and family members may view their entry into college as a break in the family system rather than a continuation of their schooling.
  • In families, role assignments about work, family, religion and community are passed down through the generations creating "intergenerational continuity." When a family member disrupts this system by choosing to attend college, he or she experiences a shift in identity, leading to a sense of loss
  • Many first-generation students may come to develop two different identities—one for home and another for college.
  • Many first-generation students struggle with what has been described as "breakaway guilt."
  • Lack of understanding when it comes to filling out financial documents
Support Groups for First Generation College Students
  • An online community support group celebrating first generation college students. Be inspired by stories from first generation college students and share your own experiences! Help and support from pressures caused by expectations of family, friends, or oneself due to being the first in the family to pursue an academic career.
  • I'm First
  • The struggles and goals of first generation college students. This blog allows students to share their stories and reflect on their experiences as they go through college. The site was created by a student at Poly-Cal University, and is currently growing in numbers. The site also hosts meet and greet events for high school students who are considering college, but need a little extra inspiration.
  • FGCS Support Group
Support Groups for First Generation College Students
  • Benjamin and Patricia Allen Scholarship
  • Dorrance Scholarship Program
  • First Generation Scholarship
  • First Generation Scholars' Program
  • Fontana Transport INC. Scholarship Program
  • I'm First! Scholarship
  • Newton H. Baker Scholarship
  • Odyssey Scholarships
  • Patty & Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship
  • Regents' Scholarshi
Government Programs for First Generation College Students
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • First Generation Matching Grant
  • TRIO Programs
  • Work Study


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