First Scholars

First Scholars® is an initiative of The Suder Foundation, a private foundation located in Plano, Texas. The First Scholars program, administered on the campuses of selected four-year major public universities, provides a data-driven approach to increasing the graduation rate of first-generation college students. The foundation’s funding priority is to develop and refine the First Scholars program model and expand their network of affiliate universities. The Suder Foundation launches new First Scholars sites by providing start-up and early-stage funding for program operations along with scholarship support for the initial cohort(s) of Scholars.

The Center for First-generation Student Success will work to improve upon the good work of The Suder Foundation to expand the First Scholars® initiative. Early plans include the identification of affiliate universities interested in adopting the First Scholars program, development of technical assistance initiatives specific to First Scholars institutions, and publication of.a resource toolkit, based upon the successes of First Scholars, designed to foster first-generation program development regardless of institutional demographics.

            First Scholars has provided me with a family away from home with unconditional support and encouragement. I give a lot of credit to the First  
           Scholars Program for shaping my college experience in such a positive manner. Through First Scholars I have met my best friends and have  
           gained so many skills that are so crucial for anyone to learn to excel in life.
- Kimberly, First Scholar at Washington State University.

If you are interested in learning more about First Scholars or would like to discuss becoming a First Scholars affiliate university, please email first-gencenter@naspa.org.