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Illinois First Generation Scholarship


Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 1

First generation immigrants and their children face some of the toughest immigration standards in recent history. Immigrants struggle to get on their feet and to provide for their families, which is why we want to give back to first generation immigrants or the child of a first generation immigrant through The First Generation Scholarship. We hope to empower first generation U.S. college students, and celebrate their individuality by awarding them with $1,000 to go towards continuing their education. In a 700-1000 word essay, describe your experience as a first generation citizen. Describe your own personal immigration success story as a first generation immigrant or the child of a first generation immigrant. Explain the struggles involved and what lessons the experience of being a first generation immigrant has taught you.

Scholarship Eligibility

For all students interested in applying for The First Generation Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants may still submit an application if awaiting admission or deciding on an institution, however, the selected individual must be enrolled for the Spring of 2021 semester before receiving the financial aid.

Scholarship Application

To apply for this scholarship, interested candidates should provide the following:

A) A current resume with contact and education information,

B) An official or unofficial academic transcript, and

C) An essay of 700-1,000 words discussing the obstacles you have faced as a first generation American and how those experiences have shaped you into who you are today.

Scholarship Deadline

The deadline to apply for The First Generation Scholarship is October 31, 2020.


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