What is the First Generation Scholarship?
Going to college is a milestone for every student. For first-generation students, however, the milestone often becomes a millstone.
Beyond one’s own desire for success, first-gen students often bear the expectations of parents, grandparents or even extended family members. When choosing a path no one in the family has traveled before, typical challenges are hampered by the fear of the unknown. Any college-educated parent who has ever completed the FAFSA knows it can be a bit daunting- reading instructions more than once, studying the tax documents, and hoping you are putting the right information in the proper box. First gens often pursue that effort on their own by asking their parents about information they have perhaps never discussed previously.
According to the Lumina Foundation, the chances of leaving college before their second year is double for first-generation students (23 percent) than for students who have a parent who finished his or her undergraduate education (10 percent).
To commemorate his investiture as Carson-Newman University’s 22nd president, the Presidential Inauguration Committee has established the J. Randall O’Brien First Generation Scholarship (OFGS). Its express purpose is to assist students who, like Randall and Kay, seek to fulfill their desire of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree.
Your gift is tax-deductible. Your generous participation will not only honor Dr. O’Brien and help mark his tenure at C-N; it will help stand in the financial gap felt by students who dare to dream. This scholarship endowment provides an enduring way to support Carson-Newman and Dr. O’Brien’s leadership.