I’m First! Scholarship

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The I’m First! Scholarship Application is now closed! Please check back in the Spring when we open the 2016 application.

Recognized by the National Scholarship Providers Association and Fastweb.com as 2012 Scholarship Provider of the Year, Center for Student Opportunity’s I’m First! Scholarship is a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year, renewable for four years of college) awarded to up to 10 graduating high school seniors who will be the first in their family to go to college and are matriculating to a CSO College Partner institution.

Scholarship winners have the unique privilege to serve as bloggers on ImFirst.org to share their college experiences and offer advice to aspiring first-generation college students on how to make it to and through college.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States.
  • First-generation college student (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree).
  • Must be attending a CSO partner college or university. See list below
Ideal candidates will display the following qualities:
  • Seeking financial aid and scholarship support for college
  • Strong writing skills and unique perspective
  • Strong capacity for reflection for blogging
  • Experience with or commitment to community service
  • Leadership experience
  • Commitment to helping expand educational opportunities for other first-generation students

Scholarship winners are not selected based on academic qualifications such as GPA, SAT/ACT scores, or intended majors.

Undocumented students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply.

CSO College Partners

Spring Hill College

Northern Arizona University

California Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Harvey Mudd College
Marymount California University
Mills College
Occidental College
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Sacramento State University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Santa Clara University
Simpson University
Soka University of America
Stanford University
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California

Colorado College
Colorado State University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Denver
University of Northern Colorado

Central Connecticut State University
Quinnipiac University
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of Bridgeport
Wesleyan University
Yale University

District of Columbia
The Catholic University of America
George Washington University
Trinity Washington University

Barry University
Saint Leo University
Stetson University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of South Florida

Emory University
Georgia State University
University of Georgia

Columbia College Chicago
Elmhurst College
Illinois College
Illinois Wesleyan University
MacMurray College
North Park University
Roosevelt University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
University of Illinois Springfield
Western Illinois University

Franklin College
Hanover College
Holy Cross College
Indiana State University
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana University Bloomington
Saint Mary’s College
University of Notre Dame

Grinnell College
University of Iowa

Centre College
Transylvania University
Union College
University of Kentucky

Bates College
Colby College
Thomas College

Johns Hopkins University
Notre Dame of Maryland University

Amherst College
Babson College
Bay Path University
Bentley University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Framingham State University
Harvard University
Lesley University
Northeastern University
Smith College
Tufts University
Wellesley College
Westfield State University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Ferris State University
Kalamazoo College
University of Michigan
University of Michigan at Flint

Bethany Lutheran College
Gustavus Adolphus College

Avila University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri Valley College
Truman State University
Washington University in St. Louis

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

New Hampshire
Colby-Sawyer College
Dartmouth College
Keene State College

New Jersey
Princeton University
Ramapo College of New Jersey

New Mexico
New Mexico Highlands University

New York
Barnard College
Colgate University
Columbia University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cornell University
Fordham University
Hamilton College
Manhattan College
Mercy College
New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
St. John Fisher College
St. Joseph’s College
University of Rochester

North Carolina
Catawba College
Davidson College
Duke University
Meredith College
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina State University
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

North Dakota
University of Jamestown

Kent State University
Ohio University
Walsh University
Youngstown State University

Oklahoma Baptist University

Eastern Oregon University
Linfield College
Reed College
Warner Pacific College
Willamette University

Arcadia University
Bucknell University
Dickinson College
Franklin & Marshall College
Gettysburg College
Gwynedd Mercy University
Haverford College
King’s College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Lycoming College
Mount Aloysius College
Robert Morris University
Saint Francis University
Saint Vincent College
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
Brown University

South Carolina
College of Charleston
Newberry College

Belmont University
Fisk University
Lipscomb University
Maryville College
Union University
Vanderbilt University

Rice University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
University of Houston

Saint Michael’s College
Southern Vermont College
Champlain College

University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Evergreen State College
Whitman College

St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin – River Falls

University of Wyoming