“This scholarship has allowed me to focus all of my efforts on schoolwork and extracurricular activities instead of worrying about how I’m going to pay for college.
"I have had a wonderful time this past year as a first generation student while being exposed to a whole world that I never knew existed."
"As a result (of receiving the financial support of the FGA) I have chosen to explore CSU and some of the many opportunities that this great university has to offer.”
“Being a first generation recipient has changed my life tremendously. My mother always told me “I can’t afford to send you to college, somehow, some way you have to find a way to make that happen for you”. This award has helped fund my education, which is something that I value most highly in life. I am making both my family’s dreams, and my dreams come true, and this wouldn’t even be a possibility if it wasn’t for the First Generation Award.”
“I am happy to report that my GPA for this last semester was a 3.916. I am very fortunate to be part of this program, and am looking forward to continuing my education. Thanks so much for making me a part of the FGA family and for helping to make a dream a reality."
"Sometimes we're afraid of reaching for something, thinking that it's unobtainable, and we convince ourselves that it just wasn't meant to be. I guess I am learning with age that the hard stuff takes time and the impossible just takes a little longer (as someone somewhere once said)."
"Had I not received the First Generation Scholarship… I very definitely would not have been in a position to try to provide that very same kind of assistance to other students (at the high school where I now teach) who so richly deserve to benefit from the same type of assistance in continuing their educational endeavors."
"I truly feel that the best way for me to pay back the opportunities from which I benefitted, is to make sure that I have some part in seeing that other students are afforded just the same kind of opportunities, especially those students who might otherwise not have the chance to continue their educational aspirations."