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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.

Scholarship Deadlines

  • Preferred Deadline: December 15
  • Final Deadline: January 15

Application Process

  • Apply to JAVĿ¼ using the .
  • Submit a completed .

Please refer to the First-Generation Scholarship Application Instructions for important information before beginning the application process.

Candidates will be selected as finalists on the basis of academic success, motivation, leadership, and volunteerism and notified no later than March 1.

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.