First-Generation Student Success Research Grants Available

Through a grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund, You First at VCU invites applications for funding to support scholarly activity focused on first-generation student success including diversity; underrepresented perspectives; student success barriers (social, academic, and financial); new approaches and innovations to enhancing student success; faculty engagement in activities related to success of first-generation students; and teaching/learning approaches. You First at VCU is also interested in supporting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary scientific approaches pertinent to the success of first-generation students. These awards provide funding of up to $5,000 to faculty. 

You can review the Request for Applications PDF and submit applications electronically through RAMSPOT Internal Opportunities.

What is a first-generation college student?

If neither of your parents or legal guardians earned a bachelor's degree, then you are a first-generation college student.

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How do I connect with other first-gens?

A new student organization, You First at VCU, formed in 2018. To find out more about the organization and to become involved email

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