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

  • Awarded to first time degree seeking students who are the son or daughter of a parent or court ordered legal guardian who does not have a four-year college degree.
  • Awarded to in-state and out-of-state students, as well as students in special tuition classifications like the Western Undergraduate Exchange program or the Mountains and Plains program. International students do not qualify.
  • Student must live in the United States but does not have to be a valid permanent resident or citizen to recieve this award.
  • This scholarship may be stacked on top of any other merit or transfer scholarships offered by Colorado Mesa University.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Based off of answers on the initial application to CMU.
  • Student must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more per semester) in undergraduate course of study.
  • The student must be degree seeking with either a certificate, associates or baccalaureate degree.
  • Parents or court ordered legal guardian do not have a four-year college degree. 
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA or college GPA from all colleges attended.

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.

For additional questions, please contact the CMU’s Tuition Classification Office in the Admissions Office at 970.248.1875.