Alverno College is proud to welcome first-generation college students
Alverno College is proud to welcome first-generation college students. In fact, nearly 70 percent of our incoming students are first generation. Being the first can be both exciting and overwhelming. We're here to help you navigate your new path.
The Promise Scholar Program
In the Promise Scholar program, we serve, support, and celebrate the academic pursuits and successes of first-generation college students.
Promise Scholars meet with their advisors on a regular basis, both individually and in small groups. More frequent advising contact means our scholars get the individualized support they need, while group meetings allow for peer encouragement, problem solving, and a sense of shared experience. Additionally, Promise Scholars work closely with their Promise Scholar Advisor throughout their time at Alverno, from orientation to graduation.
To qualify for the program, students must be first time college students (no previous college experience), first generation (parents do not have four year college degrees), and they need to attend Alverno classes full time (12 credits or more per semester).
Because we have so many students who fit this profile and only a certain number of spots available, we sometimes add parameters to Promise Scholar eligibility. In the past, this has included a grade point average cut off (ensuring students with the greatest academic need get connected with services) or accepting students on a first come, first served basis until the program is full for the year.
Promise Scholar students are identified from information we gather on the Alverno application and are assigned to a Promise Scholar Advisor upon acceptance.
We know college is expensive, and most students could use some additional financial support. Promise Scholars in good standing are eligible for financial assistance such as scholarships toward tuition and textbook assistance. Other perks might include snacks or lunches during group meetings and free Alverno swag.
Questions? Schedule an appointment with your Promise Scholar Advisor today.