Become a Champion

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“We believe that there is something special about being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. We pledge to support Center for Student Opportunity and together inspire and encourage the next generation of students who will be first.”

Champions are foundations, corporations, national organizations, associations, and individuals who help us to further reach underserved communities, raise widespread awareness of our programs and resources, increase participation, and build greater support for the first-generation college students we serve with an annual gift of $5,000 or more. Nonprofit organizations may join at the First Honor’s level with a gift of $1,000 or more.

Valedictorian ($25,000+)
All benefits of the Dean’s List Champions below, plus:

  • Prominent recognition of support on the ImFirst.org home page by way of logo presence with a link to your website (if applicable)
  • Opportunity to feature an “I’m First” video highlighting your work and commitment to supporting first generation college students
  • Co-host a Google Hangout on Air on an important topic for our community

Dean’s List ($10,000+)
All benefits of the Honor Roll Champions below, plus:

  • Prominent recognition on our online donor page by way of logo presence with a link to your website (if applicable)
  • Feature article or advertisement in the annual I’m First! Guide to College,  our highly acclaimed college guidebook distributed to high schools and community-based organizations across the U.S.

Honor Roll ($5,000+)

  • Recognition on our online donor page
  • One time feature in an  e-newsletter sent to our community recognizing your support and work on behalf of first-generation college students
  • Invitation to you or your employees/community who are first-generation college graduates to create “I’m First” videos as part of our stories campaign
  • Use of all “I’m First” video stories on your web site with appropriate attribution (if applicable)
  • I’m First! Champions badge to use on your web site and other marketing materials (if applicable)

First Honor’s ($1,000+) open to nonprofits only

  • Recognition on our online donor page
  • Invitation to you or your employees/community who are first-generation college graduates to create “I’m First” videos as part of our stories campaign
  • I’m First! Champions badge to use on your web site and other marketing materials (if applicable)
Or complete the Champions donation form
Contact the Office of Development at (301) 363-4228 to learn more about the Champions program and discuss ways that we can work together to empower first-generation college students on the path to and through college.