First-Generation Residential Community

Join the First-Generation Residential Community in Thurston Hall!

GW defines first-generation college students as those whose parents did not complete a four-year degree. Students who identify with this experience can benefit from living in a community of peers and with dedicated staff and faculty who understand what it is like to be the first in your family to navigate the college experience.

This living community brings together first-generation students on a residential floor to live, learn, and grow together in their first year at GW. Living in this community will provide the residents with dedicated resources and opportunities. Residents will:

  • Learn to manage the transition from high school to college
  • Develop academic skills via targeted programming and access to dedicated faculty in the halls
  • Connect with the greater first-generation community at GW
  • Experience exclusive programs and events in and around DC

This community provides a unique environment to foster connections among first-year first-generation college students experiencing a similar transition.


Contact Brittany Abraham, Program Coordinator for Community Support, at [email protected] or Marcella Wong, Area Coordinator - Thurston Hall, [email protected] 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Founding Scholars interfere with New Student Orientation?

Founding Scholars

Sunday, August 23 - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Events and Programming

There are many programs that the Office of Student Life considers cornerstone events. Through these events, we help students: