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FGLIstudents.org Monthly Awards
Each month, we'll give nine awards to spotlight the people, colleges, and organizations that are doing innovative things for FGLI students.
Each of the winners will receive a digital badge that can be used on LinkedIn and other online platforms.
Paola is a first-gen honors student at University of Nevada at Reno. She spent a summer in Ecuador doing research in the field of ecology, which has motivated her to get a PhD in Environmental Science.
Berea College is #1 on the College Access Index, a list of the 286 best colleges ranked in order of economic diversity. 94% of Berea's students receive Pell grants. The 2nd place winner has only 69%.
Best Colleges for FGLI Students
You First at VCU offers a summer bridge program, student org, a TRIO program, first-gen mentors, and a special session for parents at its Preview Days (for admitted students). Well done!
Boston University is the winner of our coveted Gold Level award for its robust program that includes a FGLI orientation, graduation celebration, magazine and much more.
Fabulous Faculty Member
Dr. Lee is dedicated to increasing access and equity for first-generation, low-income, students of color, and women in STEM fields. He serves on the Penn State Commission on Racism, Bias and Community Safety.
Sensational Staff Member
Zachary is a first-gen college grad with 2 masters degrees. He's from a rural town and is an Academic Advisor who serves on NACADA's First-Gen Student Advising Community Steering Committee.
Devon is Senior Director at ScholarMatch. Prior to this, she served as Associate Dean for College Student Success at Univ. of Chicago. She's also co-founder of the FGLI consortium.
Know of someone who deserves the spotlight? Send us their information and why you think they deserve to be recognized. You can even nominate yourself. Don't forget to specifiy which award the nomination is for!
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Magnificent Media: Book/Movie/Series
Braven empowers college students from underrepresented backgrounds (first-gen, low-income, students of color) to transition from college to meaningful professional careers.
Andrea is a first-gen college graduate of Hope College, who gave a TEDx talk about the invisible differences of first-gen students, and how she felt defined by negative/deficit stereotypes.
LEDA is an amazing 6-year program for high-achieving, under-resourced students to help them succeed in college. It's currently accepting applications from high-school juniors.