Scholarship Mom Tip #171:First Generation College Students have Scholarship Opportunities

A “First Generation” college student is a one whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

One of the best ways to find college scholarships is to make a list of all the student’s club affiliations and think about any special situations that might qualify them for special scholarships. One such situation is if the student is a “first-gen” — the first in their family to attend college.

first generation college student

Yesterday on the #CampusChat Twitter chat, I welcomed Chelsea Jones of ImFirst.org and she shared ways in which first generation students can get help in paying for college. Here are what I feel are excellent tips for first generation students:

Colleges may have specific scholarships for #FirstGen students. Be sure to check their websites!

The essay is the only way the reader can get to know you and your #FirstGen story.

Parents should be open to learning about the college process right along with their student. Teamwork!

Are you or your student the first in your family to go to college? Read the entire transcripts of the First Generation #CampusChat by clicking here and leave no scholarship stone unturned!


Read all of the Scholarship Mom Tips here.

Learn more about winning college scholarships

Check out Monica’s guide for parents on Amazon: How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps

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Parents – Want more tips? Don’t miss the Parent College Coach Tips here! 

Author: Monica Matthews

Monica Matthews is our favorite scholarship mom! After helping her son win $100,000 in scholarships for his college education, she founded How2WinScholarships.com to share what she learned along the way and now she's sharing her tips with Smart College Visit!

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