First Scholars Program

The mission of the First Scholars Program is to dramatically improve the graduation rate of first-generation college students and to prepare each scholar for a life with self-awareness, success, and significance.

We accomplish this mission through the First Scholars Program, other first-generation success initiatives, and through our national participation in NASPA's Center for First Generation Student Success.


Our innovative programming is designed to give First Scholars the tools and resources needed to succeed as first-generation college students.

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The First Scholars Program offers first-generation students a unique opportunity to set their course for success in college and beyond.

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Every gift counts toward the First Scholars Program and other first-generation student success initiatives. With your donation we are able to increase support to first-generation college students, which make up nearly 40% of WSU's population.

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Lead the Legacy is an initiative of the First Scholars Program open to all first-generation students at WSU living in Gannon-Goldsworthy residence hall. This living learning commuinity offers students free access to a variety of campus resources and support networks.

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First-Generation Abroad is WSU's study abroad program designed exclusively for students who are first in their family to attend college. All first-generation students at WSU are invited to participate in this affordable study abroad program.

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