First-Generation Students Thrive in Program Celebrating 50 Years

Emmanuel Thomas sits outside in Dahlgren Quadrangle reading

The Community Scholars Program, which began in 1968, is housed within the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access and attracts and supports first-generation, multicultural and other underrepresented college students while providing a transformative experience with lasting impact. Read more about the Community Scholars Program and the students it has supported.

Community Scholars First-to-Second Year Rentention Rate for the Classof 2019 and 2020: 98.5%A graphic shows Regents Science Scholars Program (with currently more than 100 students on campus) as a part of Community Scholars (more than 250 students on campus); and Regents and Community Scholars as a part of the larger Georgetown Scholarship Program (more than 650 current students on campus).Impact of Community Scholars: 94% of Community Scholars feel confident in asking professor for help; 92% feel academically prepared for their first fall semester at Georgetown; 94% feel prepared to take a college-level writing course.Graphic shows national average graduation rate for four-year institutions is 59 percent; national average for four-year private institutions is 62 percent; Georgetown's graduation rate is 94 percent; and Community Scholars Program is 91 percent.

Side-by-side photos of Jason Low, Todchelle Young, Amanda Scott, Donna Hernandez, Devita Bishundat and Elizabeth VelezGeorgetown Faces and Places: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff Reflect on First-Gen Experience

Members of the university community reflect on their experiences with the Community Scholars Program, Georgetown Scholarship Program and First-Generation Faculty and Staff Initiaitive. Read reflections from members of the university community.

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The Community Scholars Program is marking its 50th Anniversary. Be a part of the celebration.

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Community Scholars Program

The program provides enhanced educational support to a multicultural cohort of first-generation college students who are pursuing the dream of higher education.

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American Talent Initiative

Georgetown is a part of an alliance of universities committed to expanding education opportunities and success to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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First-Generation Faculty & Staff Initiative

A network of faculty and and staff who identify as first-generation college graduates or  allies who work to increase awareness of mentors and resources at the university.

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Georgetown Scholarship Program

GSP provides a strong support community through advising, mentorship, financial support, events, job connections and networking opportunities through alumni involvement.

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Regents Science Scholars Program

Georgetown aims to strengthen the pipeline of diverse scientists by providing more support, structure and opportunities for underrepresented students and creating an equitable community in which all scientists feel welcomed and valued.

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