Resources

International Student Resources
This website provides valuable information regarding financial aid for international students, immigration procedures, university/college search, student test preparation, language school search and international loans and essay writing center.

This website provides basic information about living in America, travel information and ideas, as well as stories and articles: www.leaderu.com/isr/.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Internships for Minority Students
This website provides a bountiful amount of information regarding scholarships, fellowships and internships opportunities for minority college students in United States.

External Scholarship Sources

External Scholarship Sources (PDF)

Prospective and Current First Generation Students

Financial aid information
Rockhurst provides financial aid for 97% of students.  Many of these funds are internal scholarships established by donors to the University.  When you are accepted at Rockhurst, the financial aid office will identify the scholarships you qualify for and create a financial aid package to assist with tuition and fees.

A variety of outside scholarship programs exist to support underrepresented and first generation students.  Rockhurst students have created a list of scholarship programs worth considering for current and future students.

Learn how some first generation students have overcome obstacles to attend college.

College Search & Admissions Testing
College Board
The College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

Application Process
Advice for First Generation Students
This website offers extensive resources for the first generation student, including college planning, advice for the first year of post-secondary education, and links for advanced college search information.  This includes a step-by-step guide for students unfamiliar with the college application process

Funding
College Student Center
This College Student Center's Programs in Practice portal provides a searchable database and spotlight profiles to recognize and promote the good work of leading college access programs, community-based organizations, educational resources centers, and scholarship foundations nationally.

Collegetoolkit.com for Scholarship Information
This site features a scholarship database highlighting financial aid support for first-generation students and minorities provided by the Idaho State Department of Education.

Enrollment
FastWeb – Unique Concerns for First Generation College Students
The site offers the statistics associated with the disadvantages of being a First Generation College Student and suggestions for overcoming these challenges, including filling out applications to searching for financial aid, and navigating the application process.

Adjusting to College
Advice for First Generation Students
This link offers information about a book entitled First in the Family: Your College Years, by Kathleen Cushman (Next Generation Press, 2006) and is associated with the Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. Through grants for research, innovation, communication, and evaluation, as well as policy education and leadership development, Lumina Foundation addresses issues that affect access and educational attainment among all students, particularly underserved student groups, including adult learners. The Foundation bases its mission on the belief that postsecondary education remains one of the most beneficial investments that individuals can make in themselves and that society can make in its people.

Quote from site: “Researchers have found that students from homes where neither parent had earned a bachelor’s degree are about twice as likely as those with a college-educated parent to leave before their second year (23 percent vs. 10 percent).”

Factors Impacting Student Success

High School V.S. College
This site from Quintessential Careers™  article focuses on the differences between high school and college and offers tips on the transition.

Study Tips For College Coursework
This site by Academictips.org offers a list of suggestions with links for additional detail regarding topics such as taking notes, concentrating in class,

First in the Family
This site offers first hand success accounts of first generation students using audio slideshows. Students talk about the money, cultural, family, and academic hurdles they face on the path to a four-year degree—and how colleges can help.

Articles on the First Year College Experience
This site sponsored by College Confidential offers a general article detailing with concerns and common expectations of freshman year.