Give to First Scholars

Imagine trailblazing the unknown as the first in your family to attend college. K-State’s First Scholars program helps these first-generation students successfully navigate college to graduation.

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Support K-State’s first-generation students

Through the First Scholars program, first-generation students plot their individual paths to graduation and beyond.

First Scholars build steps to success through mentoring relationships, opportunities to build self-awareness, personal action plans and meaningful service experiences. These steps mean First Scholars make a difference both as students and as leaders who give back.

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What’s First Scholars’ “secret sauce”?

It’s the plan. Each scholar creates an individualized strategic plan, which is the blueprint that helps students develop strengths and skills to achieve their personal vision.

Every plan includes a timeline and methods to track progress and maintain wellness — useful tools for a lifetime of success.

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I thank First Scholars for providing me with just the right guidance and the necessary tools to embrace challenges head on — right when I needed it most.

Ashley Coleman, ’17, computer science, magna cum laude
K-State’s first-ever First Scholars graduate, now works for Google

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Promoting the first-generation experience

Giving first-generation Wildcats the support to make an impact at K-State

Proud to be first

A new scholarship is helping first-generation students complete their degrees — and improving one life at a time.

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Heather Strafuss Fundraising services manager