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First Generation Initiative: An Equation for Success
Young people who are the first in their family to attend college can shatter an intergenerational cycle of poverty because when they obtain a degree, they enter jobs comparable to — and earn salaries comparable to — other entry-level professionals. But many students from low-income communities never make it to college. And too many under-represented students are not graduating at the same rate as their classmates.
The First Generation Initiative (FGI) of Saint Mary’s University will raise graduation rates for low-income students by transferring the focus from college access to college completion.
Why We Do It
Saint Mary’s University embraces our First Generation Initiative as a moral obligation. In addition, it is:
- an economic imperative — the nation needs more college graduates to fill increasingly complex professional jobs
- a social imperative — today’s first-generation college students could be the ones who help solve chronic societal problems
Our Students Speak
Four participants from our Countdown to College summer academic boot camp, a four-year college preparation program, explain why benefactors should invest in the FGI program:
Jazmin, a sophomore in the FGI Scholars program at Saint Mary’s, explains what financial support means to her.
For more information, contact Alisa Macksey, Executive Director, First Generation Initiative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.