First-generation college students are more likely to have lower incomes than their peers, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But a local scholarship could soon help close that gap.
Ismael Quijada, a student from Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Summit County, is one of four recipients of a FirstBank First in Family scholarship.
The scholarship awards up to $2,375 for tuition, books and fees to students who are the first in their families to attend college to complete degrees.
The First in Family scholarship is given to in-district students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, with preference given to bachelor’s degree candidates. Students must be attending a CMC campus in Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Spring Valley, Breckenridge or Dillon.
This is the first year FirstBank has funded this scholarship, which is set to become an annual award.
In a prepared statement, Jeff Campeau, president of FirstBank in Summit County, said, “Higher education has long been held as central theme to FirstBank’s giving. How exciting is it to be able to help the first family member get a college degree? It’s simply awesome. Think of the positive impact on the rest of the community.”