Founding Scholars welcomes new, incoming first-generation college students to life at GW. Students will build community with other first-gen students, connect with faculty and staff, and learn about valuable academic and campus resources. This program is specifically designed for first-generation students and we welcome you to register if you identify as a first-gen student.
"The Founding Scholars program helped immensely in my first year of college at a PWI, I was nervous and scared that I would be isolated from spaces because of my background. This program welcomed me with a community that taught me that I was not alone and that I belonged here. I found a family that equipped me with the resources and confidence necessary to be successful as a first-gen, second-generation, person of color."
Class of 2023
Students that sign up to participate in Founding Scholars are expected to be available to engage during all program dates and times. Small groups and peer guides are a signature part of our co-curricular programs and will continue. Incoming students will be placed in a small group led by two peer guides who act as mentors and are responsible for leading small group discussions and activities. More information about the 2021 program will be available in May 2021.
By addressing the unique characteristics of this population, the goal of Founding Scholars is to reduce barriers between first-gen students and continuing generation peers thereby catapulting students to a successful start to their college experience.
Founding Scholars participants will:
of students agreed that they can apply their strengths as a first-generation student after Founding Scholars
incoming students participated in 2019, the first year of Founding Scholars
Program costs will be posted later this summer.
Registration will open later this summer.
Founding Scholars will take place over two days following new student move-in and during Orientation week. More information about the fall 2021 program dates will be available later this summer!