The 1915 Scholars Program celebrates the heritage and on-going journey of students who are the first in their family to attend college. The program seeks to provide informational, academic, and social support to first-generation students in order to alleviate some of the barriers commonly faced by this population and encourage persistence in the collegiate environment. The 1915 Scholars Program will involve faculty, peer, and alumni mentorship, specialized orientation programs, on-going academic workshops and community-building events, and structured interactions with Campus Life, the Office of Undergraduate Educations, the Alumni Association, and various support services to highlight resources available on campus.
The Eligibility for the 1915 Scholars Program requires first generation status as identified on the undergraduate admissions application. Financial situation is one of many factors considered in the selection process. In order to be to eligible to renew their participation in the program, students are required to be enrolled and make satisfactory academic progress, be in compliance with all university regulations and policies regarding honor code and code of conduct, participate in required 1915 Scholars programming, and meet the priority deadline for financial aid.
Numerous research efforts have revealed that low-income, first-generation students are at risk of low persistence in a collegiate environment. Research from the National Center for Education Statistics suggests that low-income, first-generation students are nearly four times as likely to leave a higher education institution after their first year as students who had neither of these risk factors. Many students who identify in these categories are racial and ethnic minorities with lower levels of academic preparation. They often receive less financial support from their parents than their peers and have more time intensive personal and professional obligations.
Students who participate in the 1915 Scholars Program will:
- Gain practical knowledge of and familiarity with support services on the Emory campus and in the surrounding community,
- Gain practical knowledge of and familiarity of Campus Life initiatives, resources, programs, and events
- Engage with faculty mentors and receive personalized academic and professional advising
- Build community with other current 1915 Scholars through structured social and networking events
- Receive individualized support and guidance from upperclass peer advisors as advisees
- Demonstrate leadership and advising skills with advisees when serving as a peer advisor
- Connect with alumni who will serve as professional mentors
- Network and engage with fellow alumni upon completion of an Emory degree
- Become empowered and connected leaders in the Emory community
Faculty/Staff who participate in the 1915 Scholars Program will:
- Further develop student advising and mentorship competencies
- Engage with and tangibly impact the collegiate experience of talented, historically underrepresented students
- Better comprehend and appreciate the barriers to success faced by low-income, first generation college students
- Support Emory in its commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic environment for all students
In implementing the 1915 Scholars Program, Emory University will:
- Strengthen the recruitment and retention efforts of low-income students and first-generation students
- In accordance with the University Vision Statement, further diversify the Emory student body by allowing greater access and support to students with limited financial means
- In accordance with the University Ethical Principles Statement, foster a community environment that enables all persons to strive toward their highest potential
- Maintain its commitment to supporting historically underserved populations
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