Celebrate First-Gen Week (Nov. 7-11)

Coinciding with the National First-Generation College Celebration day on November 8, join You First at VCU and other campus groups for a week-long celebration of our first-generation students and their successes. 

2023 First-Generation Student Success Research Grants Available

With funding from two grants, one from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and a second from the U.S. Department of Education, You First at VCU invites applications for funding to support scholarly activity focused on (a) first-generation student success and (b) improving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) first-generation and/or low-income college student’s success.  Projects may address diversity; underrepresented perspectives; student success barriers (social, academic, health related, 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 and AAPI students. These awards provide funding of up to $7,500 to faculty.

You can review the Request for Applications PDF and submit applications electronically here.

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 youfirst@vcu.edu.

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Grant supports expansion of You First at VCU First-Generation Student Success and Research Center.

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The School of the Arts student is ambitious and has a passion for art history and research. “The goal is to have a ‘Dr.’ in front of my name.”

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VCU awarded grant to expand its You First program

A $200,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund will allow You First at VCU to become the You First at VCU, First-Generation Student Success and Research Center.

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