The University of Alabama understands that each student’s path to and through higher education is unique. The Capstone Center for Student Success is home to three support programs that serve a diverse group of students across a wide range of academic, social, and economic backgrounds.

First Generation Scholarship Programs

provides scholarships and other resources to students that are the first in their family to attend college with a goal of building community and providing programs and services that support retention and academic success.

Legacy Scholars

is a specialized program for first generation students at The University of Alabama. The program is designed to build a community of students who are starting a new legacy as the first in their families to go to college.

Student Support Services Trio Program

supports first generation college students, students with limited family income, and students with disabilities through a focus on improving students’ persistence from year to year, academic performance, and completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Each program has its own eligibility criteria, but many students find a home and build a sense of belonging and support with multiple programs. This is accomplished through a combination of tutoring, coaching, and advising activities; scholarships and other financial support; one-on-one interactions and group programs; professional and career development; and holistic support to assist students in their transition to The University of Alabama and in their continued success through graduation.


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The University of Alabama is recognized as a First gen Forward institution. The First-gen Forward designation is a national honor that recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.