Applying to college and getting scholarships can be a tough process for anyone. This can particularly be an intimidating task for first generation students. These are the first ones to attend college from their families. Obviously, they do not have any experienced family members to help them out during the process. Even if such students have no one to lead them through the process of acquiring a college scholarship they must not lose hope because there are a number of first generation scholarships available.
Let us take a look at some of the options available for first generation students:
- The Sallie Mae First in Family Scholarship is worth up to $5,000 and is provided to students who have an excellent academic record and are enrolled to a four year degree program. This scholarship is suitable for Hispanic freshmen.
- The J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation provide financial aid to students of the state of Alabama. First generation students have a preference for this award. This scholarship may provide full funding for the study.
- Catawba College in North Carolina provides two first generation scholarships to the new applicants. There is tough competition for it and the students have to write an essay and present letters of recommendation from former teachers. The winners get their full college expenses covered.
- Mercedes Benz USA awards dozens of Mercedes Benz Drive Your Future Scholarships every year to first generation students.
- The Coca-Cola first generations scholarships are worth $5,000 and are provided on a need base to students who are the first to attend college from their families.
- The University of California-Santa Cruz offers an alumni sponsored first generation scholarship program.
These were some of the many options that are available to the first generation students. Generally, there are a number of strategies that the first generation student should follow. Firstly, it could be helpful if he/she start planning about the college education and scholarship quite early. This will allow him/her to do the necessary research. Secondly, a student must be in constant contact with the high school counselor who will provide the necessary information related to the first generation scholarships. Thirdly, it could be helpful to visit the college campus for not only selecting a college for education but also getting information related to scholarships programs. Lastly, a student must look for all types of aids available. He/she is also advised to fill and submit the FAFSA form and look for merit based scholarships as well.