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Our Programs

Our programs offered have something for everyone. Explore the tabs below to find what you want to get involved with.

Proud to be First Scholarships

Awards and recognition during National First-generation Student Celebration Week in November of each year.  

Award Criteria

  • First-generation status, good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher) 
  • Enrolled at least 6 credit hours in an undergraduate or graduate degree  program 
  • Open to immigrant students not qualified to file for FAFSA. 
  • Commitment to pay it forward thorough community engagement such as participating in OFGS event planning, mentoring, or any other community contributions.  
  • Students may not be awarded this scholarship more than once. 

Selection process 

  • Application with contact information. 
  • Essay, up to 750 words, about the student’s first-generation identity, and how student plans to contribute to the first-generation community. 
  • List one professional reference from an employer, faculty or staff with contact information. 
  • Committee led by the Office of First-generation Students will select recipients.  

Award amount or range of amount 1,000

  • Submit your application here by Monday, October 25, 2021 
  • Scholarships will be awarded on Thursday, November 11, during National First-generation Student Celebration 
  • Student recipients will be notified by November 5. Award can be for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

If you have more questions, email us at firstgen@ksu.edu

Tri Alpha Honorary Society

Joining Tri-Alpha is free for a lifetime membership. Why should you consider joining?

Kstate X Tri Alpha


  • Outward recognition of personal accomplishment and an incentive for continued high scholarship.
  • The opportunity to meet other first-generation scholars from all academic disciplines on your campus and to join them in promoting academic excellence and creating a supportive environment for first-generation college students.
  • Identifies you to employers, professionals, and graduate schools as a person of superior academic ability and commitment.
  • Opportunity to pay it forward and mentor younger first-generation students.
  • Opportunity to receive mentoring from more senior first-generation students, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni who were first-generation students.
  • Local chapter leadership opportunities.

Undergraduate student eligibility requirements

  •  First-generation college student, whose neither parent or guardian completed a four-year college degree, and
  • Current degree candidate, and
  • Completed a minimum of 30 credit semester hours toward a bachelor’s degree. Transfer students will have to have completed at least one semester at K-State, and
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.2/4.0  in all coursework.

Graduate student eligibility requirements

  • First-generation student, whose neither parent or guardian completed a four-year college degree.
  • Completed at least one term of study (9 or more graduate credits) in a graduate program.
  • Have at minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0.

If you have more questions, email us at firstgen@ksu.edu


Students who qualify will receive an invitation to join  our K-State chapter of Tri-Alpha  with intructions to respond by the deadline and attend the annual induction ceremony.

Faculty and staff may be inducted as well.  To qualify, they must have met the first-generation student definition listed above at the time they completed their bachelor’s degree., and must be willing to serve as mentors to first-generation students.

A small number of first-generation alumni and honorary inductees will be initiated each year. When inducted,  members will receive a certificate of initiation and a pin. Honor cords for graduating seniors and faculty/staff/alumin are available for purchase.


Alpha Alpha Alpha, or Tri-Alpha, was founded March 24, 2018 at Moravian College (now Moravian University) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Over 100 members of the Alpha Chapter were initiated that day, including undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and honorary members. Following the successful induction, the College took steps to incorporate Alpha Alpha Alpha so that chapters could be started on other campuses across the country. Tri-Alpha exists as a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization, for the purposes of supporting the activities of the honors society.

Kansas State University started a chapter in the Fall of 2021.


Mentoring offers a chance for first-gen students to connect with someone who has been in their shoes. Mentors help to advocate for students, provide support and guidance, and help students have a successful college experience.

Faculty & Staff Mentors

First generation staff mentorsConnect with a faculty or staff member on campus who was a first-gen student when they went to college. Faculty/staff mentors offer wisdom and support, and help advocate for student success in college learning and college life. We have professional mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Students

For Faculty & Staff Undergraduate Mentoring, we partner with K-State First's mentoring program called Guide to Personal Success. To sign-up, click the appropriate button below and fill out the survey questions - be sure to indicate your first-gen status.

Sign-up to be Faculty/Staff Mentor

Sign-up for a Faculty/Staff Mentor

Graduate Students

For graduate students who are looking for a professional mentor please fill out the Word document below. When completed save and send to rpaz@ksu.edu.

Graduate Student Professional Mentor Request.

Leadership Opportunities

Get involved with other first-gen students, and develop skills and connections that will last a lifetime.

Ad Astra Conference

Join other first-gen students across the state at this annual conference, visit

https://www.esuadastra.com/to learn more!


First gen student workshop

Interested in learning something new with other first-gen students? Come to our first-gen workshops! Our workshops focus on what first-gen students are looking for and cover a wide variety of topics, from peer-to-peer leading to developing a career path.

Workshop Dates:

Upcoming Workshops

More information comming Fall 2021

Past Workshops

Check back periodically to see upcoming workshops!

Upcoming Events

Check back periodically to see upcoming events for first-gen students!

First-gen Friyay!

Pop-in the First-gen Student Lounge (Holtz Hall 101) the first Friday of each month, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm for fun with other first-gen students.

Other first-gen events

More information comming Fall 2021

Past Events

Fall 2021

Scoop of being First-gen

Tri Alpha Flyer





Spring 2021

Wellness Walk

Jackbox Event





Valentines Friyay

Spring 2020

Ice skateing

financial workshop

bingo night

march 2020 friyay

Fall 2019

September and November - NASPA Webinars

NASPA Webinar 2019


October - Pumpkin Patch Social

pumpkin patch social


November - National First Generation Student Celebration Day

2019 nov 8 landscape

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December - End of Semester Celebration

 end of semester celebration

Spring 2019

February - First-generation Student Talent Show

First gen talent 

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May - First-generation Student Graduation Celebration

Student receiving green cord

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