Dedicated to supporting first-generation students with innovative programming that amplifies their diverse voices and builds community at CU Boulder. Students will have opportunities to build strong academic and social foundations for their collegiate journey.

The Center supports first-generation students by:

  • Creating visibility: We highlight and center the experiences of first-generation students, faculty and staff across campus.
  • Enhancing strengths:  We promote and host regular academic, professional and community-building events that center the strengths, skills, and diverse experiences of first-generation students.
  • Fostering a sense of belonging: We create spaces of connection, mentorship and community among students who identify as first-generation

Please contact Shantel Martinez or Mike Jones if you have any questions.

Resources and Services

First Generation Scholarship

The First Generation Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate Colorado residents who demonstrate financial need and whose parent(s) or legal guardians do not have a bachelor's degree. Students should apply through the General CU Boulder Scholarship Application and complete the First Generation Scholarship application by March 13, 2020.

For more information please visit First Generation Scholarship.

First Generation Grant

Students who receive the first-generation grant are invited to participate in peer mentorship opportunities through the First-Generation Mentor Collective as well as participate in all of our First Buffs opportunities.

For more information please First Generation Grant.