About The Scholarship
Students who have parents that did not pursue post-secondary education (PSE) face unique challenges in PSE access and attainment, such as: a lack of motivation to apply because they may not recognize its importance, unfamiliarity with the application process and lack of familial support. These challenges can greatly deter such students from pursuing PSE. The Find Your Path Scholarship Program aims to recognize and support individuals who have overcome such obstacles and have been accepted to an accredited post-secondary institution by providing them with a scholarship and certificate. Preference is given to students who demonstrate academic excellence and have positively contributed to their school and/or local communities.
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WHY SERVE FIRST-GENERATION POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS?
On top of social barriers impeding many marginalized students in their pursuit for higher education, first-generation post-secondary students face increased financial hardship. According to a Forbes study, the median annual household income for students whose parents earned a degree is $99,635, where as first-generation student households earn an annual income of $37,565. By consequence, a staggering 17% of first-generation students attend post secondary schools in comparison to 50% of non-first generation students. 75.3% of first generation students are forced to seek out part-time employment during their first year, in comparison to 56.4% of non-first generation students, which adds increased stress and pressure to a full-time student’s already heavy workload.
In addition to increased financial disadvantage, there is often a lack of necessary knowledge of post-secondary programs and application processes, necessary equipment to properly apply themselves in their post-secondary endeavours, and skills needed to progress within post-secondary institutions. For example, many low-income households are unable to provide technological aids like computers and other devices, leading to what Forbes estimates as a opportunity gap of 22.9% between low-income first generation students and high-income non-first generation students. One statistic states that 40% of first generation students require remedial coursework in mathematics where as the percentage decreases to 16% for non-first generation students, which is another example of the added financial and emotional burden first-generation students undertake. Every student should be able to pursue PSE, regardless of his/her socio-economic background. Recognizing the crucial need to supply first generation students with access to the right financial resources, Find Your Path sets out to reward an annual scholarship to first-generation students, partially decreasing the financial burden impeding their post-secondary pursuits. We also seek to provide both first-generation and low-income students with the necessary information and motivation they need to overcome whatever obstacles they face that are stopping them from applying to and attending post-secondary institutions.