First-generation college students pursue degrees despite obstacles

by Ester Ouli Kim, The Seattle Globalist, on Jun 8, 2018. Persephone Angeli’s story as a first-generation University of Washington student starts with her mother.“It’s always been her dream to get her bachelor’s and become a teacher,” Angeli said.Angeli’s mom came to the United States from El Salvador. Her dad was born in Hawaii. Neither…

Using Social Psychology to Help First-Generation and Low-Income Students Through College

by Kori Crockett, Brookings, on October 26, 2017, Follow Kori Cockett on Twitter The seriousness of low college graduation rates among first-generation and low-income college students cannot be overstated. Today, only 9 percent of students from low-income families earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to 77 percent of students from high-income families. Even more troubling, there has…

Take A look At The Stellar 2018 FirstGEN Fellows Summer Class !

By Lawyers’ Committee, MEDIUM,  Follow on Twitter, on May 31, 2018. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the Washington, D.C., office of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) are excited to announce the 2018 FirstGEN Fellows summer class: Daisy Almonte, Jennifer…

$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…