Helping first-generation students succeed

Our mission is to assist low-income, first-generation students to overcome the cultural, academic, class and social barriers to success in higher education.

Learn more about our programs and resources

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TRiO Scholars

The TRiO Scholars Program provides qualified undergraduates with the academic assistance and support necessary to successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. Services are available at no cost to help participants achieve their academic goals. The TRiO Scholars Program is a federally funded Student Support Services (SSS) program operating on an annual budget of approximately $375,000. Our grant allows us to serve 182 participants annually.

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TRIO STEM Scholars

The TRIO STEM Scholars Program provides qualified undergraduates with the academic assistance and support necessary to successfully complete a baccalaureate degree in a STEM- or health-related major. Services are available at no cost to help participants achieve their academic goals. The TRIO STEM Scholars program is a Student Support Services (SSS) program federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education, operating on an annual budget of $261,888. Our grant is funded to serve 120 undergraduate students annually.

TRiO news and alumni

Yareli Navarro Chavez in a lab holding a vial.

Faces of the Pack: Yareli Navarro Chavez finds first-generation opportunities through Undergraduate Research

Pack Research Experience Program and TRIO STEM Scholars offer mentorship and sense of belonging to sophomore pre-med student

Jesus Rosales Sandoval

University of Nevada, Reno student among winners of the 2020 ¡Andale! Scholarship

Criminal justice and philosophy major wins scholarship offered by Las Vegas Latino Bar Association to help cover LSAT expenses

Esmeralda Torres in a scenic USAC spot

USAC scholarships help students from underrepresented groups study abroad

First-generation college student scholarships also part of study abroad effort

Center for First-generation student success: a first-gen forward institution.

The University of Nevada, Reno has been named as a 2020-21 First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA (the organization of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and The Suder Foundation. Read the full article.

Diversity, equity and inclusion statement for the First-Generation Student Center

Emanating from the struggles and achievements of the Civil Right Movement and President Lyndon Johnson’s “unconditional war on poverty,” our programs have the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion at the core. All programs under the administration of the First-Generation Student Center strive to provide access and opportunities to minoritized populations in higher education.