At Utah State University, a first-generation college student is anyone whose parents and/or guardians have NOT yet completed college OR anyone whose parents and/or guardians have NOT yet graduated with a 4-year, bachelors degree in the U.S.
Discover The Potential Within
Founded in 2016 by a student and director who saw the potential within our first-generation students. Aggie First Scholar's mission is to provide a framework to develop and discover the potential within, while celebrating the success of our first-generation college students at USU. With the vision that every first-generation Aggie student graduates and excels beyond their four years at USU. Offering opportunities to earn college credit in scholarship and leadership, we extend a warm invitation to our Aggie First Scholars to join us in our program curriculum. This curriculum encompasses:
USU 1050: Habits of Mind for First-Generation Students:
- Identify and build a community of first-gen college peers at USU
- Identify and reflect on the foundational principles of "Becoming a Learner"
- Interview and discuss the best "how to's" of college with First Scholars Faculty, Staff, and Peer Mentors
USU 1150: Applied Leadership for First-Generation students
- Explain the theory and principles of mentorship
- Evaluate the theory, skills, and application learned through completing assessment tools that they use for scholarship, internship, and job applications
- Critically examine their mentoring plan to integrate personalized communication and engagement for those they will lead
Each Aggie First Scholar who engages in our program curriculum can earn 2-credits, are eligible for AFS specific scholarships, and have an 80-90% student on-campus job and leadership placement experience.To learn more about Aggie First Scholars or to request a classroom/organization presentation please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AFS Leadership Pathway offers competitive compensation for on-campus positions. This pathway comprises four integral roles: student coordinator, marketing coordinator, team lead, and peer mentor. The team leads, student coordinator, and marketing coordinator meet weekly with the program coordinator to strategize and plan. The team leads maintain weekly interactions with their assigned peer mentors, while the peer mentors connect with their mentees at least once during the period. In addition, these roles collaborate with the Aggie First Scholar faculty and staff committee for university wide initiatives. Resources available to you on this pathway include: The Engagement Pathway and Scholar Pathway, plus Faculty Letter of Recommendation, Hourly Wage, LinkedIn Endorsement, and, Peer Educator Certification.