Student Resources

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Academic Preparation 

Academic Learning Tools

The site offers links and resources that help students research  and write college-level papers and review college-level mathematics. It connects  students to free learning resources, including Khan Academy.

First Generation Student

The comprehensive site provides resources for academic preparation and advises students what it takes to get to and through college.

U. S. News & World Report College Rankings

Provides academic rankings on public and private colleges.


First In the Family

The organization provides planning checklists for high-school students, videos regarding pathways to colleges and links to support organizations and scholarships.  For college students, the site provides information on academic culture shock and other resources.

College Now, Academic Advising, Mentoring Scholarships Focused on Northeastern Ohio

College Now, formerly Cleveland Scholarship Program, focuses on academic advising, mentoring and scholarships for under-served populations.


As featured in the October 1, 2013 edition of the USA Today, Collegefeed is an “early career marketplace” that provides college students and new grads efficient and effective access to the network they need to kick-start their careers. Collegefeed helps students present themselves well, explore their career options, and connects them to the right employers.

I’m a First

An online community celebrating first-generation college students with links to first-generation friendly colleges and universities and student-directed questions and answers.  Special video appearance by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.


First in the Family Scholarships

The organization links first generation students to a plethora of additional scholarships – including Mercedes Benz and Sallie Mae.

Questbridge National College Match Scholarships

This program gives low-income high school seniors access to the nation’s most selective colleges, as well as full four-year scholarships.
Deadline: September 28th

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Fifty students receive this $20,000 scholarship each year. In order to qualify, you must prove a commitment to leadership and community involvement while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: October 31st

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

This scholarship is available at more than 400 American colleges and universities. The award amount varies based on student need. Contact your school of choice to see if they offer this scholarship.
Deadline: Varies

Posse Foundation Scholarship

The Posse Foundation is one of the most innovative college access programs in the United States. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must be nominated by your high school or community-based organization. Posse Scholars are given complete scholarships to the school of their choice. The nomination process begins in the fall of a student’s senior year.
Deadline: Varies

Dorrance Scholarship Programs (Arizona)

This $10,000 scholarship is available to first-generation students attending an accredited Arizona high school. To qualify, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA and either an SAT score of 1530 or a composite ACT score of 22.
Deadline: February 22nd

TELACU Education Foundation Scholarship Program General Scholarship (CA, TX, IL, or NY)

This scholarship, which ranges from $500-$9,000, is for first-generation college students from low-income families living in specific areas within California, Texas, Illinois, or New York. Check the above link to see if you live in an eligible area. You also must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify for this scholarship.
Deadline: March 17th

Manos de Esperanza Scholarship (California)

This $500-$1000 scholarship is available to students, regardless of their immigration status, who are involved in public services to better their community. Applicants must live in the Bay Area of California and be enrolled in an accredited community college, four-year college, or university.
Deadline: June 30th

Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program, FGMG (Florida)

This matching grant is available to Florida high school students planning on attending a participating college or university in Florida. To qualify for this grant program, you must not have any outstanding student loan repayments in default.
Deadline: Varies