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WSU Resources for First Gen Students

First Scholars Program

The First Scholars program supports 20 first-generation incoming college students a year, and assists them in completing their college degrees. The program delivers multiple levels of support, including a full-time program coordinator and peer mentors to augment existing university services. Selected students receive personalized support and a renewable scholarship.

Lead the Legacy

Lead the Legacy is a residence hall program designed to support first-generation college students in their transition to WSU. Participation is free, and students will have access to academic and career workshops, a first-generation academic coach, and other resources to help students grow as campus and community leaders.

TRIO Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRiO program. It provides opportunities for academic development and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. SSS provides a wide range of valuable services and resources for students in the program, including academic advising and tutoring, career guidance, college success workshops, priority class registration, SSS scholarships, a food and clothing bank, a computer lab with printing access, and much more.

Smart Start Program

The Smart Start Program is a retention initiative under the office of Multicultural Student Services designed to facilitate the successful transition and retention of first generation and other underrepresented students during their first year at the university. SSP offers a variety of services and resources, including expert counselors, free tutoring and computer lab access, educational workshops, and the “Smart Start Engagement: scholarship for selected students.

First Generation Abroad

Although First-Generation students can benefit most from the professional and personal development opportunities awarded through study abroad programs, they have some of the lowest participation rates among U.S. college students. Research has shown that studying abroad increases cultural understanding and open-mindedness; it is also a great way to learn another language, and gain cultural adaptability and experience with diverse populations. Not only will a study abroad experience help set First-Generation college graduates apart in today’s competitive job market, but it will equip students with the confidence and assurance needed to succeed in most any situation. The Center will coordinate educational enrichment activities such as study abroad, service learning, and internship opportunities.


The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program designed to support students from migrant and seasonal farm-worker backgrounds during their freshman year in college. CAMP is specifically designed to identify, recruit, and monitor the academic achievement and retention of migrant students. The program provides eligible students with both financial and academic support.