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The First Generation Scholarship is a $1,000 annual scholarship for those students that meet the following criteria:

  • Awarded to incoming freshmen students whose parents have not graduated with a four-year degree.
  • A first-year student may have up to 24 accepted credit hours from another institution not including credits earned during high school.
  • Completing an additional application is not required for first-time students.
  • This scholarship may be stacked on top of any other merit or transfer scholarships offered by Colorado Mesa University.

NOTE:  Effective Spring 2020, first-time transfer students will be eligible with up to 105 transfer credits from another institution.   

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Renewal Criteria (all criteria must be met to be eligible):

  • Student must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester (not available during the summer session).
  • Maintain cumulative Colorado Mesa University GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Available until the student earns a bachelor's degree or reaches a maximum of 120 attempted credit hours.