I’m First: Scholarships & Financial Aid Programs

Opportunity Knocks features programs and opportunities for first-generation college students on our College Partner campuses. This edition focuses on:

Scholarships & Financial Aid Programs

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National Hispanic Recognition Program 
The National Hispanic Recognition Program offers academic recognition to Hispanic students who have received high achieving scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, taken during their junior year in high school, and who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Boston University awards a four-year, $20,000 tuition scholarship to National Hispanic Recognition Program finalists with exceptional high school academic records.
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University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA

All-Grant Financial Aid for Qualifying Students
Penn’s All-Grant Program provides students with a financial aid award that includes grants and a work-study job. There are no loans included in a student’s financial aid award. All undergraduate students eligible for financial aid at Penn receive these all-grant aid packages, regardless of family income level.
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Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA

Scholarships and Targeted Recruitment Programs
Bucknell offers Presidential Fellowships and Dean’s Scholarships, as well as scholarships to support women in engineering and mathematics scholars. Campus Enrichment Scholarships recognize the perspectives of first-gen college students, those outside the university’s geographic area and those committed to bringing cultural and intellectual diversity to campus.
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First-Generation Scholarships
The Office of Financial Aid offers several scholarships specifically for first generation students, including: Sylvester Broome Scholarship, Incentive Scholarship Program (ISP), Annie Mae Pointer Scholarship, Dr. Douglas L. Wright Memorial
Scholarship, Floyd J. McCree Scholarship First Generation & under-served minority students are eligible for numerous other scholarships in addition to the above.
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Quest Whole Person Scholarship
The Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program was created to recognize students who are tireless on their quest for wholeness. Participants receive scholarships ranging in value up to $20,000 per year. High school and transfer students must be nominated in order to participate.
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University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Advantage Iowa Award
This award is given to individuals who contribute to our growing diverse student population. It is meant to help the recipients financially as they continue through their college career. Many factors are considered when selecting recipients including race/ethnic background, socio-economic status, whether the student is a first-generation college student, and participation in a federally funded Upward Bound program while in high school.
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Presidential Award Program
The PAP Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program that promotes student success in collaboration with the UIC community. PAP Scholars participate in the PAP Academy which includes of Summer College and a First Year Experience. Students are also encouraged to participate in research, a study abroad experience, specialized seminars facilitated by faculty liaisons, and career and graduate/ professional school preparation.
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Richmond in Reach
Richmond in Reach, the University’s need-based financial aid program, meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all U.S. students. Aid packages averaging $43,000 are made up primarily of grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid, with loans and work-study kept to a minimum. Additionally, Virginia residents whose family income is less than $60,000 qualify for an aid package equal to full tuition, room and board, with no loans.
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Garlington Award
Five incoming freshman receive $2,500 per year as winners of the Garlington Award. These students will show a strong past commitment to diversity, and in order to renew the award for future years, these students will be active members of the Student Diversity Council and one other Student Multicultural organization. These students will be active participants in student diversity programming on campus, advocating for multicultural education, and raising awareness of social justice issues.
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