Awarded to a first generation graduate student who was the first person in his or her family to attend college at the undergraduate level, and who desires to support other first generation college students in their pursuit of academic excellence.
Dr. James Spaniolo
Chair, Board of Trustees, American College of Education; former president, The University of Texas at Arlington; former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
“Many first generation students have a more difficult time adjusting to the rigors of higher education than students whose parents have earned college degrees. One of my passions is helping first generation college students be successful. Making sure 'first gen' students at American College of Education receive a high quality, affordable college education, regardless of their backgrounds, their ages, or their experiences, ultimately will lead them to increased quality of life, and will encourage them to be mentors to other ‘first gen’ college students.” - Dr. Spaniolo
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- Essay, including a description of personal experiences as a first generation student, and an explanation of how the applicant has impacted (or plans to impact) other first generation students
- Letter on company stationery from a prominent family acquaintance (i.e. priest, minister, lawyer, police officer, physician, nurse, college teacher/administrator, high school teacher/counselor/principal) who can attest to the student’s first generation status. The person submitting the verification letter must include a contact telephone number and an email address
- Unofficial transcript verifying undergraduate GPA
. Before proceeding to fill out your application, please be sure that you have all of your required documents on hand in digital form for uploading. You will only be able to submit this form once.