$1 million targets ‘first-gen’ students

By Megan Bachman, Published: February 5, 2015, YSNews.com Antioch College recently announced that it received an anonymous donation of more than $1 million earmarked for scholarships. The gift was not an anomaly for a college almost entirely dependent upon donations, but it is significant in that it supports the college’s mission to enroll those who wouldn’t…

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

By Lyndsey Layton January 16, 2015, The Washington Post   For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of…

First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind

The Atlantic, By LIZ RIGGS DEC 31 2014, 2:54 PM ET Kids who are the first in their families to brave the world of higher education come on campus with little academic know-how and are much more likely than their peers to drop out before graduation. When Nijay Williams entered college last fall as a first-generation student…

Advisers aim to help more poor, first-generation teens go to college

Springfield News-Leader, Claudette Riley, 9 p.m. CST December 28, 2014 Anzley Arline wanted to go to college but, until a couple months ago, didn’t think it was possible. The Parkview High School senior had all but given up when he got up the courage to walk into Katie Dempsey’s office. Dempsey, a college adviser new…

New program creates brotherhood for Purdue black men

JC online Lafayette Journal & Courier, By Taya Flores, tflores@jconline.com 5:54 p.m. EST December 27, 2014 As a young black male student at Purdue University,Maurice Simon often finds himself on the outside looking in. “I felt like I was an immigrant at this campus — a total outsider, taking people’s resources and I wasn’t wanted,” said the…

Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor

The New York Times, By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS, DEC. 25, 2014 A steady stream of teenagers fidgeting with forms and their backpacks flowed through the Midwood High Schoolcollege office one day this month, all with lists of questions on their minds. But one of the school’s two college counselors was nowhere to be found. She had…

1st Gen College Student Summit, Registration Open

2015 First Gen College Student Summit: Exploring the 1st Gen Identity March 7, 2014 9:30am – 4:30pm Wellesley College Hosted by: Co-hosts:    Register Here Become a Co-Host Propose a Session Registration opens on December 16th This year’s summit we aim to focus on the following areas: Where to start: Students looking to start a student…

Why First Generation Students Find It Tougher To Earn A College Degree

State Impact, A Reporting Project of NPR Member Stations, BY JOHN O’CONNOR, DECEMBER 8, 2014 Students who are the first in their family to attend college often have a more difficult time finishing their degree. Research shows those students know less about how to get into and pay for college. And first generation college students are less…