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  • I'm First's Opportunity Knocks newsletter features campus programs and opportunities for first-generation college students. This edition highlights Scholarship and Financial Aid opportunities at 13 of our College Partners.

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  • Appalachian State University
    Boone, NC
    Diversity Scholarships
    As part of the university's effort to create a more diverse student body, diversity scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate and value academic achievement, exhibit strong leadership potential and eagerly identify ways to implement positive change. Read more.

  • Bryant University
    Smithfield, RI
    The William E. Trueheart Scholarship
    The William E. Trueheart Scholarship Fund, named for Bryant's first African-American president, is designated to support students of color. Last year, students of color received University-funded scholarship and grant funds averaging more than $22,000. Read more.

  • Chapman University
    Orange, CA
    Thurgood Marshall Scholarship
    The Thurgood Marshall Scholars program is designated for admitted students who are the first from their immediate family to attend college. Recipients should display strong leadership and community service orientation. Scholarship amounts vary, but average approximately $8,000 annually, and are designed to complement a financial aid or scholarship package by alleviating gaps or loans. Read more .

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta, GA
    G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program
    The G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program is intended to assist Georgia students whose families have an annual income of less than $33,300. Read more.

  • Georgia State University
    Atlanta, GA
    The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund
    Similar to The Goizueta Foundation Leadership Pipeline Scholarship, students eligible for this award include those for whom Spanish is a first language or who demonstrate a strong interest in and familiarity with Latino/Hispanic culture through participation in Latino/Hispanic community activities. Read more.

  • Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA
    The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative
    Over the past decade, the Financial Aid Initiative has significantly reduced the amount low- and middle-income families are expected to contribute to college costs. In 2012-13 Harvard will award over $170 million in need-based grant assistance. Read more.

  • Manhattan College
    Riverdale, NY
    Scholarship Opportunities for First-Generation and Minority Students
    Manhattan College has a variety of scholarships available for first-generation and minority students. Among them are the Horan Family Scholarship, established by the late John Horan ’40, former CEO and Chairman of Merck and Co., and his wife Julie; and the James Patterson Minority Scholarship, established by famous author James Patterson. Read more.

  • Marietta College
    Marietta, OH
    Charles Sumner Harrison Award
    The Charles Sumner Harrison Award is available to diverse students and those with clearly demonstrated involvement and leadership in multiculturalism. The award is for $5,000 and is renewable for up to four years provided the student remains in good academic standing. Read more.

  • Marquette University
    Milwaukee, WI
    Urban Scholars Scholarship Program
    Marquette's Urban Scholars Program provides ten full-tuition awards to low-income students, including undocumented students, who show great academic promise. Read more.

  • Northeastern University
    Boston, MA
    Torch Scholars Program
    The Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative scholarship initiative awarded to individuals who have overcome exceptional odds and who demonstrate the potential to excel academically. Torch Scholars receive full tuition, fees, and room and board, as well as significant personal and academic support throughout their undergraduate careers. Read more.

  • University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
    Florida Opportunity Scholars Program
    The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program is an initiative to ensure first-generation Florida resident students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have the resources they need to be academically successful at the University of Florida. Read more.

  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA
    Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF)
    NTSAF offers financial support to students who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC. Read more.

  • Washington and Lee University
    Lexington, VA
    The Bonner Scholars Program
    The Bonner Scholars Program is a unique leadership development program for students with an interest in service and civic engagement. The program provides students with the framework to continue involvement in community service, while providing financial support to help make their education more affordable. Read more .

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