First Scholars | Access and Success
When it comes to truly leveling the playing field for students of all backgrounds, tuition money only goes so far. There are many overlooked barriers to success for first-generation students from low-income backgrounds or populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Westminster College is focused on providing a pathway to higher education for talented and high-achieving high school students who might otherwise encounter stumbling blocks. Once admitted to Westminster, these students can apply to receive mentor support and other program benefits through one of 2 Legacy Program initiatives: First Scholars (first-year students) or STEPS (transfer students).
Within a supportive environment designed to foster civic mindedness, identity development, and academic excellence, the First Scholars Program provides support and stability throughout a student’s higher education experience through:
- Social, cultural, and academic support
- Faculty mentors
- Study groups
- Regular meetings with their cohort
- Participation in special research projects
- Development of leadership skills and cultivation of a community Additionally, as students prepare for graduation, the program provides graduate-school advising and career counseling to work with them through their transition.
Gifts to the First Scholars Program support programming as well as stipends for books and supplies.