First in your family to go to college? Apply for a first-generation scholarship
Posted On March 5, 2017
Are you the first in your family to go to college? Congratulations on your decision! But I bet there’s one thing you didn’t know. Students who are studying with one of the many offline or online universities out there, listen to this: you can get college scholarships and grants if you can demonstrate you are the first of your clan to pursue higher education.
I know, it sounds a bit too good to be true. But I’m not kidding. These bursaries are called first generation college scholarships and grants and you can apply for one too. In what follows I will share with you a list of carefully selected first-generation scholarships to help you with college tuition fees. Keep reading to discover how you can pay for your offline or online degree.
TELACU Education Foundation Scholarship
Traditional or online colleges might not offer first generation college scholarships and grants, but third party foundations doo. Like the LINC TELACU Education Foundation. The institution grants $500 to $5,000 bursaries renewable up to three years, to first-gen students who are thinking of enrolling (high-school seniors or older) with a traditional/online degree.
In order to be eligible, applicants need to be 100% Latino and prove they are a first-generation college student. Students are required to enroll full time at one of the traditional or online universities in order to be awarded the money.
Last but not least, applicants need to have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The application process is an ample one and students are required to send in a lot of documentations including a personal narrative addressing certain topics and two letters of recommendation. Applying to this scholarship will take a lot of your time, so be prepared to put a lot of effort into it.
Cargill Global Scholars Program for US Students
The foundation awards a grant up to $2,500 that can be renewed for two additional years. Ten such grants are offered to students of offline or online colleges.
To be more specific, applicants need to be enrolled in their first or second year with a traditional or online degree. Applicants must show high academic performance and leadership potential, but special consideration will be given to those who are first in their families to go to college. On top of that, students who can demonstrate financial need will be given priority.
It wouldn’t hurt to be a student of one of the offline or online universities offering degrees in agriculture, business, computer science, engineering or food science, but it’s not mandatory.
The Hamilton Award
The Alexander Hamilton Friends Association offers 35 $500 cash prizes on an annual basis. Applicants must be a high school students interested in pursuing a degree at one of the traditional or online colleges available.
The foundation is looking to provide support for students who are the first to go college in their families or those who come from low-income household. However, one needs to demonstrate a strong record of involvement in community service. Students will also need to submit a short 350 auto-biographical essay.