First-Generation Scholarships

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Congratulations on being the first in your family to go to college! This is no doubt a milestone, but it may also mean that you’re left with a lot of questions about the college planning and admissions processes. With that comes uncertainty about how to pay for college and what financial aid packages are right for you. You may even be wondering if there are any first-generation college scholarships for those who are the first in their familiy to go to college. Just remember, there are many great resources to help answer your questions about your new quest for college. We have compiled this list of scholarships for first-generation college students to help you find more ways to find free college dollars. For an even more personalized list of scholarships, fill out a free Unigo profile to discover all of your available awards.

The Villa Esperanza Scholarship

This scholarship is available for first-generation college students of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must be accpted to or enrolled at a college or university in the Austin, Texas area.

Total: $2000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  April 30
2019

Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG)

This award is available to Florida high school seniors and undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least six semester hours at an eligible Florida college or university. The applicant must demonstrate unmet financial need of $200 or more (as determined by the institution) and be a first generation college student.

Total: $1224 Awards:  5276
Deadline:  May 15
2019

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. college freshmen who are American Indian or Alaska Native with proof of enrollment or descendancy. Students must be the first in their immediate family to attend college, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and plan to attend a tribal college.

Total: $5000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Tribal College Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. college freshmen who are of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent and are the first generation in their family to attend college. Students must be enrolled at a tribal college/university and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Total: $2750 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 31
2019

Sessions College First-Generation Student Scholarship

This award is for international and U.S. students applying to Sessions college planning to major in graphic or web design. Applicants must be in the first generation of their family to attend college.

Total: $3000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  June 15
2019

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

The AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship is available to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students from an under-represented population group who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Total: $500 Awards:  4
Deadline:  June 30
2019

UW-Eau Claire Blugold Promise-Sundstrom Scholarship

Non-traditional and first generation incoming students to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire who have earned no more than 30 college credit hours and graduated from a Wisconsin high school are eligible for this award. Students must demonstrate financial need; preference is given to students from Durand High School.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 1
2019

Norman and Pat Hayes Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors graduating in Middletown or Monroe, Ohio. Students must be the first member of their families to pursue a college education.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 14
2020

University of Iowa Advantage Iowa Award

This award is available for U.S students who are planning to attend the University of Iowa as first-year students. Students must contribute to a diverse learning environment at the University of Iowa. Awards are based on academic achievement.

Total: $8000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  March 1
2020

Cynthia E. Morgan Scholarship

Current high school juniors or older students attending or planning to attend a Maryland college or university to pursue a career in a medical or medical-related field are eligible for this award. Students must be Maryland residents.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 25

Northeastern University Torch Scholars Program

This award is available to U.S high school students who are planning to attend Northeastern University, MA. Each applicant must be a first-generation college student who has overcome exceptional odds and who demonstrates the potential to excel academically.

Total: $67792 Awards:  10
Deadline:  January 01

The Hamilton Award

U.S. high school juniors with a strong community record who plan to attend college are eligible for this award. Students must demonstrate a commitment to academics and financial and/or personal need.

Total: $500 Awards:  35
Deadline:  January 16