First Generation Resources

Kiana Fields '15

Kiana Fields, ’15
First Generation College Graduate

Centre College annually offers 10 full-tuition scholarships for high-achieving first-generation students through the Grissom Scholars Program.


Above are just a few of the many faculty and staff members at Centre College who are first generation college graduates. Their support is key to the success of all students, especially students who are the first in their family to go to college!

Welcome to Centre College! The following links will provide you with tips and resources to facilitate success at Centre and beyond. Centre defines “first-generation” as a student whose custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) have not completed a four-year college degree.

Over 80 of Centre’s faculty and staff are first-generation graduates and over 50 are serving as first-generation student resources on campus (see link below for the full list.) In fact, more than 1 in 6 faculty and 1 in 3 senior staff leadership are first-generation graduates! Also, first-generation students at Centre held more leadership roles on campus than non first-generation according to the 2013-14 National Survey of Student Engagement.

We hope you find the resources below helpful. If you have additional resources you would like to suggest, please email Sarah Scott Hall at

College Partnerships and Programs:

I’m First: An online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be
College Green Light: Connecting first generation and underrepresented student to caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors and mentors
Grissom Scholars Program: A full-tuition, four-year scholarship program at Centre provided to 10 incoming students per year

Other Resources:

Centre Glossary
First in the Family: Advice about college from first-generation students A documentary film raising awareness for college access and educational reform.
First-Generation Faculty and Staff at Centre: You are welcome to talk with or seek advice from any of the over 50 faculty and staff listed.
College Resources and Financial Aid for Hispanic Students

Leadership Library:
Visit the second floor of the Combs Center on campus to check out books such as First Generation College Students by Lee Ward, Michael Siegel and Zebulum Davenport and First in the Family by Kathleen Cushman.