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First-Generation Student Support
First-Generation Student Support

Empower our first-generation students by helping to meet their unique needs!

First-generation students are the first in their immediate families to graduate from college. While this is a prestigious honor, without a foundational path being set before them, first-generation students forge their own pathways to success often with unique struggles inherent to their situation. They face challenges that other students don't face and are statistically less likely to graduate. A recent study conducted by Pew Research found that students without a parent possessing at least a bachelor's degree lag behind their peers with graduation rates 44% lower (70% graduation for those with parents possessing a bachelor's+ and 26% for those without). Roughly 30% of Radford University's current student population are first-gen. We believe for our first-gen students, factors that threaten their graduation are related to their perceived sense of belonging on-campus, their ability to locate and utilize essential resources, and their ability to make their education their own by exploring deeper into their field of study.

The First-Gen Center endeavors to provide meaningful solutions to these challenges to ensure our first-generation students develop a genuine sense of belonging, success, and achievement at Radford University. But we can't do it without you! You can help our brave and inspired first-generation students do more than complete a college education. When you make a gift to support this initiative, you help our students thrive and broaden their education beyond basic academic requirements. Additionally, you help our students connect with vital resources as well as link with others who share similar backgrounds to help them build and expand their own, personal Radford Family. 

Donations to this initiative help the First-Gen Center begin to build resources to fund these important academic and professional enrichment activities for our first-generation students: 

Course Materials and Supplies

Unexpected additional expenses that aren’t covered by a student’s financial aid package or book voucher.

Graduate/Professional School Application Fees

We would like to make funding available for graduate/professional school application fees. Prior to requesting funding, we ask that you first seek a waiver from the university for which you are applying.

Emergent Needs

Due to circumstances beyond their control, first-generation students often find themselves in urgent need of financial resources to support basic needs. Your gift today could help us meet these needs.

Travel Reimbursement

Students who have a career development opportunity such as (but not limited to) interviews for job, internship, or professional graduate school, or students attending a professional development conference may apply to receive funding to cover at least a portion of the travel expenses necessary to make the opportunity possible. 

Study Abroad

This funding will provide reimbursement to help alleviate some costs related to study abroad, global research and internship program, or the national student exchange. Please note the study abroad application fee and deposit cannot be covered by this funding.

Tri-Alpha Honor Society Lifetime Membership Dues

Funding is available to help cover the cost of the $10 fee for students. This fee is used to cover national office, plus local chapter fees.



Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Follow along here to see which project will raise the most dollars!
Rank Project Raised
1 Esports Program $12,491.00
2 CHBS Student Travel and Research Support (STARS) $7,460.00
3 CEHD Student Emergency Fund $3,615.00
4 Radford Fund $2,845.00
5 Davis College of Business and Economics $2,790.00
ALL-IN Donor Challenge - $1,000
The project that brings in the largest number of donors during the Highlander10 Challenge will receive an ADDITIONAL $1,000 generously offered by the Radford University Foundation!
Rank Prize Project Donors
1 $1,000 Esports Program 205
2 CHBS Student Travel and Research Support (STARS) 55
3 Davis College of Business and Economics 36
4 CEHD Student Emergency Fund 34
5 Radford Collegiate Recovery Community 30
The 1910 Challenge - $500
Congratulations to CHBS STARS for being the first project to raise $1,910 and secure the ADDITIONAL $500!
Rank Prize Project Raised
1 $500 CHBS Student Travel and Research Support (STARS) $2,000.00
2 CEHD Student Emergency Fund $550.00
3 Radford Collegiate Recovery Community $500.00
4 Tartan Tails - Dog Therapy $460.00
5 Radford University Libraries $325.00
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