First-Generation Week 2021

Support First-Gen Students
Amount raised $1,628 from 17 gifts.

First-Generation Week 2021

National First-Generation College Celebration 

Happy First-Gen Day! Officially named “National First-Generation College Celebration,” this special day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which expanded resources for colleges and universities and financial assistance for students.
 

Did you know nearly 46% of NAU students identify as first-generation, meaning neither of their parents or guardians earned a bachelor’s degree? First‐generation students are trailblazers, forging new paths for themselves and their families. At Northern Arizona University we are striving to become a campus of excellence for first‐generation students. The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recognizes Northern Arizona University as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution.  
 

Support first-gen students by making a gift to one (or more!) of the first-gen funds. Your generosity will ensure that more trailblazing Lumberjacks have the support and resources they need to chart a bold and boundless future.


First-Generation Priority Funds 

Multicultural STAR Program 

Supports student and programming costs for our Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR) summer bridge program. The STAR program ensures first-year students have a successful transition from high school into college. Over four weeks during the summer, incoming freshmen take two classes, meet other new students, live on campus, get used to NAU before the fall semester, and have access to peer advising, student clubs, and resources.  


Blavin Scholars Program Emergency Fund and the Blavin Scholars Program Fund

The Blavin Scholars Program, created in 2010 with the help of Paul and Amy Blavin, offers specialized support and resources for college students who have spent time in Arizona foster care or identify as unaccompanied homeless youth. 


What does the program offer? 

  • $3,000 scholarship per academic year 
  • Academic and social support
  • Life Skills Workshops 
  • Social and community event opportunities 
  • Connections to resources on and off campus 


Scholarships for First Scholars 

The goal of the First Scholars Program is to support first-generation college students succeed in school, graduate, and have a life complete with self-awareness, success, and significance. 

What does the program offer? 

  • $2,000 scholarship per academic year 
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Free tutoring in partnership with the Academic Success Center
  • Freshmen Transition Course
  • Social and community event opportunities 
  • Connections to resources on and off campus 


To learn more about the programs and services offered to first-generation college students visit: https://nau.edu/first-gen/

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