First Generation Students

First generation students are those whose parent(s) have not earned a four-year degree in the United States, students who have experienced the foster care system or identify as an emancipated youth at the start of their bachelor degree.  If you are one of the first to attend college in your family, you have reason to be proud!

Now that you are here, we want to make sure you can make the most of your experience at Arizona State University. Career and Professional Development Services is here to provide resources and opportunities available to you as a Sun Devil, especially when it comes to out of classroom experiences like research, internships, experiential learning, and student clubs and organizations.



Resources at ASU

Ford First-Gen Career Scholarship

Apply for a scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year

TRIO Student Support Services

Individualized support to help you accomplish your academic and career goals.

Tips for First-Generation students and Game Changers

Check out these tips for guidance from the Student Success Center and information on Game Changers, success coaching designed for first-generation college students.

Become a SPARKS Ambassador

Beyond serving as role models to Arizona youth, SPARKS members are provided with multiple networking and professional development resources to prepare them for success as students and young professionals.

College Success & Career Exploration

A committed team of first-generation students and professionals working…to develop a comprehensive online platform that empowers first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students and professionals.

I’m First
I’m First! was created in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college.

Internships, Fellowships, and Leadership Development Opportunities

Adelante Fellows
Ten-month fellowship for next generation leaders in Arizona. Adelante will focus on exposing emerging leaders to what it means to be an advocate, how policies are formed, how the education system works and the role politics play in influencing the system.

The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Program
Paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice.

Institute for Study Abroad: First-Generation Scholarship
Designed to give first-generation college students a chance to benefit from the life-changing experience of studying abroad.

Immigrants Rising: Pre-Law Bootcamp
Immigrants Rising’s Pre-Law Bootcamp is a four-day program designed to provide undocumented young people interested in applying to law school with extra support navigating the process and a community of other pre-law students and legal professionals.

Ascend: Rise First’s Career and Leadership Accelerator
Virtual 10-week program designed to foster and advance the creative, academic, and social empowerment of first generation, low income (FGLI) college-undergraduate students.

Job/Career Search Sites

In addition to using Handshake, check out the sites below as you search for your next journey.

College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent graduate deserves a great part-time, seasonal, internship, or entry-level job.

Getting Hired
Explore companies committed to providing bias-free job opportunities.

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