9 Top Scholarships for First-Generation College Students

first-generation student scholarships

This article was last updated on Nov. 7, 2014.


There’s always a first for everything in life, including being the first in your family to go to college. Perhaps you are a first-generation student in search of an ideal scholarship for yourself. Well, look no further! Begin your search for that perfect scholarship below with a few of the awards that we have chosen.

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Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Awarding $10,000 on average, this scholarship is designed for law students belonging to underrepresented minority groups in the Bay Area. All current and incoming law students who attend an ABA-accredited Law School in the Bay Area may apply.

TELACU Arts Award

Students, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, belonging to low-income households, may apply.  Applicants must reside in Angeles, East Los Angeles, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, Montebello, Monterey Park, or South Gate in California.

AAUW Virginia Beach Branch Scholarship

Female students, aged 23 or older, who are residents of Virginia Beach, may apply. This scholarship is awarded to students who are returning to college after a gap. Applicants should have completed a minimum of 2 semesters at a U.S. college or university and be enrolled in a Hampton Roads undergraduate program. Students must have maintained a 3.0 GPA.

Choose Your Future Scholarship

Students who plan to pursue a college education within the U.S., and have 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 the Davidson County of Tennessee.

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

Senior who are graduating for 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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/VAMOS Scholarship

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)

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

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.

Patty & Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship

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.

Partners in Arts 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.

This article was written for NerdScholar by Nishita Shetty.

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