9 Top Scholarships for First-Generation College Students
This article was last updated on Nov. 7, 2014.
Getting accepted to college is a proud achievement, especially if you’re the first in your family to enroll. If you’re paving that path, take a look at the college and graduate school scholarships below that are designed to help students in your situation.
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This scholarship is designed for law students belonging to underrepresented minority groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. All current and incoming law students at an American Bar Association accredited law school in the Bay Area may apply.
Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who are members of a low-income household may apply. Applicants must reside in the California cities of Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, Montebello, Monterey Park or South Gate.
Female students ages 23 and older who are residents of Virginia Beach, Virginia, may apply. This scholarship is awarded to students who are returning to college after a gap. Applicants should have completed a minimum of two semesters at a U.S. college or university and be enrolled in a Hampton Roads area undergraduate program. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Students who plan to pursue a college education within the U.S., and have at least a 2.5 GPA and an ACT score of 21, may apply. In order to qualify, applicants must be high school graduates of a Metropolitan Nashville Public School in Davidson County, Tennessee.
Seniors who are graduating from high school and are the first among their immediate family to attend college may apply. This scholarship is designed to aid students financially with opportunities in education.
High school seniors from Hidalgo County, Texas of Hispanic origin may apply. Applicants must currently maintain a 3.0 GPA. Awarding a maximum of $5000, this scholarship is awarded to those planning to enroll in a four year college in the U.S. or its territories (i.e. Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam)
Students interested in Engineering/Technology or certain Design and Business fields, and planning to pursue a career in the automotive industry, are eligible applicants. Primary consideration will be given to students who are female, of a minority group, or those who are dependents of military personnel or military veterans themselves. On average, the scholarship awards $2000.
High school seniors with residency in Rhode Island may apply, if their parents have not graduated from college. An average of $1000 is awarded through this scholarship.
Awarded by the East Texas Community Foundation, this scholarship is given to high school seniors from Texas’ Smith County. Those who apply must participate in the arts, either performing or visual. Students must plan to achieve a degree in these art fields. Check out our article on scholarships for the performing arts as well.
Nishita Shetty contributed to this report.
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