Scholarships for First-Generation Students

First-generation college students have a few opportunities for scholarships to benefit their college experience. Listed in this article are a few programs for potential students to consider.

first-generation college student financial awards

Scholarships for First-Generation Students

Almost half of first-generation college students - those whose parents haven't earned college degrees - fail to graduate. Financial challenges in particular can make college difficult to get through. Fortunately some relief exists in the form of scholarships. In addition to various state- and institution-sponsored opportunities, several national organizations offer financial awards intended to help first-generation students graduate from college. Here are a few opportunities.

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program

The Coca-Cola Company offers scholarships of up to $5,000 per year to first-generation students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree. To be eligible, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, a record of community service and a demonstrated financial need. This financial award is renewable for four years provided a recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA in college. While not all institutions honor this scholarship from Coca-Cola, some 400 U.S. colleges and universities do - including most major institutions.

Walmart Foundation and TMCF First-Generation Scholarship Program

Walmart and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) combine their efforts to award merit scholarships of $6,200 to first-generation students who demonstrate a financial need. Eligible applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be recommended by a scholarship coordinator from one of the 47 Thurgood Marshall College Fund-approved historically black colleges and universities. Recipients are selected in part based on leadership qualities, neighborhood service and extracurricular activities.

First in My Family Scholarship Program

First-generation Hispanic-American college students are eligible for joint scholarships of between $500 and $5,000 from the Sallie Mae Fund and the Hispanic College Fund. In addition to proving their Hispanic-American heritage, students must also be able to show that they are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents with a demonstrated financial need. To be considered, applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program at a qualifying postsecondary institution.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

While this scholarship program is not available exclusively to first-generation college students, special consideration is given to those whose parents have not earned a postsecondary degree. Sponsored by the GM Foundation, this financial award of up to $25,000 is available to high school seniors and college undergrads majoring in technology, engineering, math, business, finance or marketing. Students with community involvement experience, leadership skills and demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. Annually, 50 scholarships are awarded through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program.

Find 40 money-saving tips from real students.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools

  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs
    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Southern New Hampshire University

    Southern New Hampshire University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Trident University

    Trident University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Trident University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs
    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Florida Tech

    Florida Tech responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Florida Tech :

    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Herzing University

    Herzing University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Herzing University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Purdue University Global

    Purdue University Global responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Purdue University Global:

    Online Programs Available

  • Full Sail University

    Full Sail University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Full Sail University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Fortis College

    Fortis College responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Fortis College:

    • Associate Programs
    • Certificates

    Online Programs Available

  • Walden University

    Walden University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Walden University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

    University of Alabama at Birmingham responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at University of Alabama at Birmingham:

    • Master

    Campus Locations:

    • Alabama: Birmingham
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. Next »