Scholarships for First-Generation College Students
What Are First-Generation College Student Scholarships?
- Neither parent holds an associate degree or higher
- Neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Neither parent has ever enrolled in or attended college
- No immediate family members have attended college or earned a degree
Other Scholarship Types
- Academic scholarships: based on a student’s academic achievements (high GPA, competitive scores on standardized exams, honor society memberships)
- Community service scholarships: based on a student’s record of service in the community
- Athletic scholarships: based on a student’s aptitude in a specific sport
- Extracurricular scholarships: based on a student’s participation in school clubs or activities
- Need-based scholarships: based on a student’s financial needs or limited means to pay for college
- Employer scholarships: awarded to students who are the employees or children of employees at the granting institution
- Military scholarships: awarded to students who are active service members or their spouses or dependents
What’s the Difference Between Scholarships, Grants, and Student Loans?
- Room and board
- Transportation to and from school
- Financial need
- Academic accomplishments
- Study focus or major
- Race or ethnicity
Who Awards Scholarships, and on What Basis?
- Religious groups