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First Generation First

Putting our first-gen students first.


This page consists of several resources for students in any stage of the college process, including high school. While our list is made up of our favorite contributions from everyone on our team, these are just recommendations; there are lots of first-gen students going to amazing colleges who followed their own path and we recommend you do whatever feels right for you!

FGF Scholarship

The FGF Scholarship aims to financially assist first-generation and/or low-income students who are entering college for the very first time. We will be awarding at least one $500 scholarship, but we may pick multiple applicants depending on how much money we can raise from donations!

Note: We want to help those who may need it most and not necessarily the “best” applicant, so please apply!

Other Scholarships

We know your senior year of high school is filled with college applications, schoolwork, extracurriculars and more, so we decided to put all potential scholarships in one place to help you save time on doing the research yourself! We focused on national and local scholarships that also aim to assist first-generation and/or low-income students but some may have additional (or fewer) requirements. FGF is neither sponsored by any of these scholarships/organizations nor paid to promote them.

Tips for High Schoolers

Getting into college as a first-gen student starts way before senior year. Check out these tips we made for high schoolers, all the way from freshman to senior year. We also list a few SAT/ACT preparation resources to help you ace this important test!

Applying to College

Applying to college can be very exciting and even more stressful! We've compiled a list of tips related to the college application process, including deciding on colleges to apply to, asking for letters of recommendation, and more.

College Readiness

Getting accepted to college is only the start of your college career. Being a first-gen student, you probably have a lot of questions. What's the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans? How much do AP scores really matter? What do I do if I hate my roommate? All these, and more, answered all in one place!

Build Your Professional Profile

We know it's scary entering the professional world. FGF wants to help you look good not only for colleges but also for potential employers and networks! Check out our checklist for things you can do to start building your professional profile!