First-Gen Scholarship

Welcome to Edwards First!

Unsure if you’re a first-generation college student?

You are if:

  • You (and your sibling[s]) will graduate with a college degree, but your parents or guardians have not completed a four-year degree.


  • You have a parent or guardian who has completed some college or is currently enrolled in college, but they have not graduated with a four-year degree.

Edwards First is a campus organization dedicated to helping first-generation students succeed.

Haga clic aquí Bienvenidos a Edwards First!

¡Busca la etiqueta TEAL de Edwards First en sus oficinas!

Para saber más acerca de cómo poder participar en Edwards First, contacta a la Dra. Aneilya BarnesCoordinadora de las Iniciativas Académicas del Colegio de Edwards a su correo:

Why Edwards First?

Edwards First celebrates and supports first-generation students by:

  • Creating community that ensures first-generation students' voices are heard.

  • Honoring and representing students from all backgrounds. 
  • Connecting students with both first-generation and continuing-generation faculty and staff.

  • Introducing first-generation students to peers who have shared experiences and can offer advice and guidance.
  • Hosting workshops that answer questions about financial aid, scholarship opportunities, education abroad trips, and other important issues.

  • Ensuring first-generation students and continuing-generation students alike have the resources they need to succeed!

First Gen 3-2020 (470x470) Added 5/4/2020) MCDEdwards First understands that your resilience, grit, and intellect have already made you a success, because you are in college! Your background has provided you with valuable life skills, determination, and strength to navigate many of life’s challenges. With Edwards First, you will also have support from faculty, staff, and students as you navigate your new college career. Look for the teal Edwards First sticker by their offices!  We are in this together!

As a first-generation college student, you follow in the footsteps of many other first-generation college students: Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; Ben Carson, secretary of housing and urban development and former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks.

Much closer to home, many CCU faculty and staff are also first-generation college students. 

Want to Apply for the First Gen Scholarship, click here 2024 First Gen Scholarship Application.

Would You Like to Help Our First-Gens? Donate Here.