National First-Generation College Celebration Day

Celebrate DePaul's First-Generation Students!

Approximately one-third of DePaul University students identify as the first person in their family to attend college. We know how critical it is to support these first-generation students, who are blazing new trails for themselves and their families, in their academic journeys. From scholarships to academic support, career services and social engagement, we strive to ensure our first-gen students have exactly what they need to succeed. Your gift today will help us provide the programs and resources they need to achieve their educational dreams.

In honor of National First-Generation College Celebration Day, make a gift in support of first-gen DePaul students today!

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Housed within the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Access, Attainment and TRiO (AAT) programs exemplify the university’s mission-based commitment to higher education opportunities for historically underrepresented students in higher education (low-income, first generation attending college, students with disabilities and students from ethnic minority backgrounds).  DePaul has two TRiO programs: Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars program. Student Support Services provides students with supplemental academic/financial aid advising, tutoring, opportunities for academic development, financial literacy, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. McNair prepares students for doctoral study through opportunities for undergraduate research and assistance with the graduate school admission process. All donations for DePaul’s TRiO programs will go towards course related textbook rentals and software needed to complete a class, as the high cost of course materials continues to present barriers to student’s finances and learning. Your donation will allow our programs to ensure a greater number of students has access to the educational course materials needed on day one of class.

The Office of Multicultural Student Success works to improve the retention and graduation rates of students of color and first-generation students, students who demonstrate financial need, undocumented students and students with marginalized genders and sexualities. The office facilitates opportunities for engagement, advocates for students on campus and is able to provide resources that aid in their successful progress through graduation.

The Monarch Butterfly Scholarship is a scholarship for full-time, currently enrolled, undocumented immigrant students at DePaul.

Why do we celebrate on November 8?

The Center for First-generation Student Success launched the inaugural First Generation College Celebration in 2017. It is celebrated annually on November 8 to commemorate the signing of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”) of 1965 by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. This act created federal financial aid programs to fund students’ educations and made key investments in colleges and universities. Many of the HEA’s programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, promote postsecondary access, retention, and completion for today’s limited-income, first-generation college students.

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