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Spartan FLI: First‐Generation Leadership and Innovation Program

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Mission: The First-Generation Initiative aims to inspire first-generation college students to persist and graduate by eliminating barriers, providing high-impact learning experiences, and ongoing development. The program will increase first-generation college student persistence and retention rates by removing opportunity gaps, maintaining parent resources, and providing a multi-level support system that consists of peer mentors, faculty, and staff.

Vision: We envision the program becoming a national model for first-generation student success best practices by making data-driven decisions to cultivate a culture of access, inclusion, and pride to support first-generation college student progression and graduation.

Program Criteria: The First-Gen Program is open to In State and Out of State students of all majors. To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Identify as a firstgeneration college student
  2. Agree to fully participate and engage in the program
  3. Be a domestic U.S. Student
  4. Submit completed program application

Program Benefits: Participation in the First-Gen Program affords students many benefits, including:

  1. Supportive community of professionals and peers
  2. Financial aid and financial literacy assistance
  3. Leadership and professional development
  4. Scholarships each year of participation
  5. Peer mentoring
  6. Advising and coaching from professionals