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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.

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:  September 30
2018

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
2019

Largo Lions Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors residing in Largo Florida who have overcome a significant personal obstacle. Selection is based on academic record, community service participation, and financial need.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19
2019

Upper Valley Scholarship

This award is available for undergraduate students who are residents of Vermont's Upper Valley region. Students must demonstrate financial need and community service/involvement; preference will be given to students who are among the first generation in their families to attend college.

Total: $1000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  February 16
2019

Taigh Scholarship

This scholarship is open to undergraduate students from Caledonia County, Vermont; preference is given to students who are residents of Peacham and/or among the first generation in their families to attend college. Students must demonstrate financial need and education/work ethic.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 16
2019

Orange County Scholarship

This scholarship is for female undergraduate students who have resided in Orange County, Vermont, for at least one year, and who demonstrate financial need and education/work ethic. Students must face significant barriers that limit access to education after high school; preference is given to students who are among the first generation in their families to attend college.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 16
2019

Melissa D. Bisaccia Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for high school seniors graduating from Roy C. Ketcham High Schoool in Wappinger Falls, New York. Applicants mus demonstrate academic merit, financial need, and achievement in overcoming personal obstacles.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 1
2019

Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for current high school seniors in Dutchess County, New York. Selection is based on providing financial assistance to students who must overcome economic, physical, developmental or emotional barrier(s) to pursue a higher education.

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

Rene Hernandez Scholarship

The Rene Hernandez Scholarship is available for first-generation Hispanic students who attend a high school in Travis and Williamson counties of Texas. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 1
2019

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: $8104 Awards:  20
Deadline:  May 01

TELACU Education Foundation Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. undergraduate students who are residents of one of the following areas: East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, the city of Los Angeles, Montebello, Ontario, Pico Rivera, Pomona, South Gate, Santa Ana, or San Bernardino, California; San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Edinburg, or Rio Grande City, Texas; the Greater Chicagoland area, Illinois; or New York state. Priority will be given to those who attend a LINC-approved sc...

Total: $5000 Awards:  500
Deadline:  March 03

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:  October 15