Fannie & Sam Constantino First-Generation Scholarship

The First-Generation Scholarship provides financial and academic assistance to high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential, and whose parents did not graduate from a postsecondary institution.

Recipients receive yearly awards of one-half the total cost of tuition and room and board for up to four years.

Application Process

Note: We are no longer accepting applications to the First-Generation Scholars Program for fall 2024.

Scholarship Criteria

Interested students must apply to the First-Generation Scholars Program and meet the following criteria:

  • Be the first generation in their family to attend college.*
  • Have demonstrated a high degree of motivation and academic success throughout high school.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to leadership and community engagement through service activities with community organizations such as school, neighborhood, nonprofit agencies, or places of worship.
  • Be a high school senior planning to enter JAVĿ¼ directly after graduating.

*Applicant's parent(s) or guardian did not graduate from a two-year or four-year college or university. Siblings' attendance or graduation from a college program is permitted.

Note: Regular admission standards typically include a high school GPA of B/B+ and a strong high school curriculum.
Students applying for HEOP are not eligible for the First-Generation Scholarship.

Program Requirements

To maintain good standing within the First-Generation Scholars Program and receive all benefits of the scholarship, students must successfully:

  • Engage in full-time study as a matriculated student.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of degree requirements.
  • Complete the two-course learning community during the fall semester of their first year.
  • Complete the weekly Community Engagement Seminar series during the first year of enrollment.
  • Complete all successive courses and seminars the Program offers.
  • As a sophomore, junior, and senior, meet program hour requirements and fulfill a commitment to weekly community engagement with a local nonprofit organization during each year of enrollment at the University.