First Generation Students Connect with Mentors

First Generation Students Connect with Mentors 

Notre Dame College is providing unprecedented, proactive mentoring to undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college.

This first phase of the College’s FirstGen Center initiative also will offer additional support for nearly 100 Pell Grant eligible, first generation college, first-year students at Notre Dame—to be called Jimmy Malone Scholars.

Malone, a radio personality and founder of the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund for students with financial need, is sponsoring this inaugural FirstGen class. He was one of the guest speakers at a launch event for the center on the College campus.

Notre Dame alumna Aliea Moore ’15, who this year became the first in her family to graduate from college, also shared her inspiring story with the first FirstGen cohort.

"We take pride in being a College to help those who would otherwise not be able to go to college, and I am incredibly excited about where we are going, about helping you persist all the way to graduation," said Notre Dame President Thomas G. Kruczek, a first generation college student himself.

During the launch event, the new scholars shared their dreams from the stage at Regina Auditorium—the same stage on which the College awards degrees during commencement.

One of the first FirstGen students said her aspiration is to help people "the rest of my life." Another said he wants to be the best person he can be "physically, mentally and spiritually."

Some of the scholars’ aspirations involve family. One student said he wants to buy his mother a house. Another said his dream is "to get ahead in the future so I won’t have to worry about my kids going to college."

Most FirstGen dreams were more career-specific. Goals included becoming a clinical psychologist, fitness trainer, accountant, social service worker, neonatal nurse, teacher, entrepreneur, pediatrician and Marine Corps officer.

Many said they simply wish to graduate from college.

"Those are beautiful dreams, each and every one of them," Kruczek said.



Read how first generation graduate Aliea Moore is achieving her dreams on page 32.

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