First Generation Mentorship Program

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a mentorship program to help first-generation students navigate their personal and professional pursuits.

The First Generation Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity that provides students with guidance and support from UConn alumni who have been in their position, gives students the chance to develop their interpersonal skills, and helps facilitate connections with mentors that can last a lifetime. It is open to any undergraduate student who is the first in their family to go to college.

This program provides:

  • Access to Resources: Mentors can provide you with access to resources such as career guidance and networking opportunities. These resources can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your professional life.
  • Personalized Support: Learn from experienced mentors who can help you navigate the challenges of life. A mentor can provide you with guidance, advice, and feedback to help you achieve your goals.
  • Community Building: Build a sense of community through the program. You can connect with other first-generation students who are facing similar challenges and share your experiences and insights.
  • Professional Development: Develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your future career. You can learn about different career paths, gain valuable experience, and build your professional network.

The application for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open.

Eligibility and Nominations

The ideal student participant is an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing personal and professional growth. The College encourages students of varying leadership experiences to apply.

Eligible candidates for the First Generation Mentorship Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of their application.
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in good standing.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to growth.

Students must submit an application and one reference letter. The reference letter can be from anyone who has an idea of your work ethic and who you are as a person (e.g. professor, advisor, manager, etc.).

For questions or more information, please email Jessica Alexander, associate director of alumni relations for CLAS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to the First Generation Mentorship Program?

The program welcomes any first-generation student within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to apply.

Is this experience open to CLAS students at the regional campuses?

Yes. Applicants from all UConn campuses will be considered. However, there must be a commitment to attend relevant programming based in Storrs.

What are the program commitments?

Participants must commit to the following:

  • Maintaining full-time enrollment and good academic standing at UConn.
  • Attending and thoughtfully participating in required mentorship gatherings, which will be scheduled throughout the year.
  • Actively engaging with mentors and peers in Mentorship Circles.
  • Attending all mandatory events.
  • Maintaining timely communication with CLAS staff, peers, and mentors.

What are the other mandatory events for the program besides the mentorship meetings?

Participants must commit to the following:

  • August - Student Orientation
  • September - Kickoff Event
  • October - Student Dinner
  • November - Student Dinner
  • February - Student Dinner
  • March - Student Dinner
  • April - End of Year Event

My application is complete and submitted. What are the next steps?

Top candidates will be selected for a 30-minute interview in mid-April. Interviews will be scheduled via video conference.