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First Generation Longhorns

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
63 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 08, at 10:00 PM CST
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First Generation Longhorns

The DDCE First Generation Initiative is aimed at students who are the first in their families to attend or finish college. We are here to connect first-generation college students at UT with a robust support network comprised of prominent UT alumni, staff, faculty and friends who were also the first generation in their families to attend and graduate college. 


The major difference is that our initiative is broader with a larger focus on empowering first-generation students through: 

  • building a dynamic learning community where students make choices based on their goals and interests. 

  • programming and services that increase their chances for success (academically, personally, and professionally) 

  • exposing them early and often to opportunities that they may not be aware of on UT's highly resourced campus 

  • connecting them to a mentoring community of other successful first gen students, faculty, university leaders, administrators, and staff 

  • providing opportunities for FG students to enter into research and leadership opportunities 

The people in this network share their personal stories and experiences with students, thus serving as mentors, enabling students to gain inspiration and advice to navigate their own journeys at UT and beyond. Students are given opportunities to join the DDCE’s learning community – the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) and Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC)– which provides wrap-around support for academic, professional and personal development. 

Presently, we are working on our development plan to address our goals for building this initiative.  We are asking for support for programming, student scholarships to continue the ambassador program and a First Gen student learning community space.


Why We Need Your Help 

We are working on our development plan to address our goals for building this initiative. We want to be able to help as many first gen students as possible, but we can’t do it without your help. We are asking for support for the following areas: 

  • Continue the programming to interact with first-generation students on a monthly basis through university tours of specific areas on the campus.  This creates a cohort of students to connect with and find a place to meet other first-generation students and mentors.  

  • Continue the first generation student ambassador/mentor program that began in 2019.  Funding for the program came from hornraiser 2018!

  • A First Gen student learning community space to create a place for first gen students to gather and connect. It’s so important for first gen students to have a space they feel safe and understood. You can help provide that space! 

Your support can help someone be the first in their family to graduate from college. Thank you for believing in our First Gen Longhorns and helping them succeed!  

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Students Supporting Students

Peers passing a meal along to first generation peers


The First Step

College is the first step for many first-generation students to change the story of their lives. Thank you for supporting the initiative’s goals, and efforts of first-generation students.


Joining the Community

Your donation will help build a dynamic learning community where first-generation students can self-select many learning opportunities based on their desire to participate.


Empowering First-Gen Students

$100 can help provide opportunities for first-generation students to explore research and leadership opportunities.


Bridging the Gaps

Your donation will provide 100 individual meal cards at UT sponsored dining facilities that serve balanced meals for students experiencing food insecurities.


Pay it Forward

A donation of $500 can give a scholarship to a first-generation mentor/ambassador


Achieving New Heights

Giving students the tools (textbooks, laptops, or ipad) to succeed in their academic classes


A Place Called Home

Your donation will help the Initiative Program create a student learning community space for first-generation students so that they may have the chance to study and develop relationships with each other.


Invest into a Legacy

Investing into a first-generation student will not only impact their immediate family but will also make a profound and significant impact on their future.

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