Last Modified: Friday, August 03, 2012 11:28 AM
THIBODAUX (AP) — Nicholls State University will offer 24 scholarships this fall exclusively to students who are the first in their family to attend college.
The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,250 for qualifying students. The Daily Comet reports that money for Nicholls' First-Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Program will come from Board of Regents. There will be matching funds from Thibodaux-area contributors.
"From the day Nicholls opened its doors in 1948 to the present, this institution has played a major role in raising the educational levels of students in this region," said the university's president Stephen Hulbert. "As a result, thousands of our alumni now serve as accountants, nurses, teachers, entrepreneurs and other types of professionals, while others have advanced to graduate school and returned as dentists, physicians, attorneys and physical therapists. A large number of these successful people were first-generation students who could not or would not have gone elsewhere to college."
Hulbert said first-generation students make up about 60 percent of the student body.
Under the First-Generation program, the university must provide each recipient with a campus job as well as structured academic advising. Each recipient must also qualify for a PELL grant, according to a university news release.