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June 2008

Release Date: June 19, 2008

New ASU Scholarship Open to First Generation Students

Priority deadline for a new Angelo State University scholarship benefiting first generation university students has been set for June 30.

The First Generation Scholarship has been established by ASU’s Office of Multicultural and Community Relations to provide additional scholarship opportunities for students whose parents did not earn a college degree.

Up to four scholarships will be awarded each fall semester to qualifying students. The scholarships will cover all in-state tuition and fees. Each year approximately half of ASU’s graduates are considered first generation students, either the first in their family to attend college or the first to get a college degree.

Joe Muñoz, the assistant to the president for multicultural and community relations, said, “The scholarships will provide an additional financial incentive to help first generation students discover the value of a college education and set an example for others in their family. We want to help these students succeed in line with State of Texas goals to broaden the reach of higher education.”

To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, students should: 1) be a first generation student; 2) have graduated from high school in 2008; 3) have scored a minimum 16 ACT or 760 SAT; 4) have graduated in the top 25 percent of the graduating class; and 5) have not received an ASU Carr Academic Scholarship.

The scholarships may be renewed for up to four continuous years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum 2.5 gradepoint average each semester, completes a minimum of 12 semester credit hours each semester, declares a major by the end of the second semester and demonstrates exemplary behavior.

“This is an opportunity,” said Muñoz, “for students to earn a college education for little more than the cost of the books and their living expenses.”

For additional information or to apply for the scholarships, visit the ASU Web site.