First Gen Forward

Essay Writing Contest!

First Gen College Celebration is Tuesday November 8th. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Lamar University First Gen Forward Work Group are hosting a essay writing contest. The first-place winner will receive $300.00, the second-place winner will receive $200.00, and the third-place winner will receive $100.00.




To strive toward making the campus more "first-generation friendly" by developing partnerships between first-generation students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who share similar academic and life experiences by providing support, resources for growth, best practices for recruiting, retention and persistence to graduation, and fostering a sense of self-worth and belonging, through engagement and campus involvement.


The First Gen Forward program is designed to assist  Lamar University first-gen students to: (1) build connections on campus for academic success and retention,     (2) learn the skills and strategies they need to succeed in college and beyond and (3) support them through the process of persisting to graduation through mentorship.

What is a first-generation student?

(1) A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree in the United States;

(2) A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree; or

(3) An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or an adoptive parent