First generation scholarships, sometimes referred to as “first gen” or “first in family” scholarships, are those awards offered to students whose parents have not gone to college at all or have not completed a bachelor’s degree.
In other words, the student applying for first generation scholarships will be the first in their family to go to college and earn a four-year degree.
All students in the same family whose parents have not earned a four-year degree can usually be considered eligible to apply for first generation scholarships and not just the first student to attend college, but check the guidelines of each award carefully. (I cannot stress that enough!)
Students with parents who have earned AA degrees are also usually considered first generation college students.
Are you a first gen student or the parent of one?
College Scholarship Tip: When writing an essay for a first generation scholarship, students should share a personal story about what a college degree would mean to them and how their parents lack of a degree has made a difference in their life. Find more scholarship essay tips here.
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