Legacy Scholars is a community for first-gen college students at the University of Alabama, designed to build connections among students who are starting a new legacy as the first in their families to go to college. All first-gen students are invited to participate in Legacy Scholars! Students will be matched with peer mentors or a faculty/staff member to help support their transition to UA. Students who are actively engaged in the program will be eligible to apply for five scholarships of $500 each to be awarded in the spring semester. The total time commitment for the program will be about four hours per month. “What you do is your history, what you set in motion is your legacy.”

Program Benefits

  • Monthly program meetings to support your success and development at UA
  • One-on-one peer and faculty/staff mentorship
  • A community of students on campus to connect with
  • Monthly social events throughout the academic year
  • Eligibility for (five) $500 scholarships awarded in the spring

Requirements for 2022-2023

To be considered for the scholarship in Spring 2023, students must complete the following:

  1. Attend the Scholar Welcome Event on Tuesday  at 5:00 PM August 23 (only in fall semester)
  2. Attend at least six of the eight monthly meetings (Tuesdays at 5:00PM  starting August 23)
  3. Meet with your faculty/staff mentor and peer mentor every month
  4. Meet with the Program Manager at least once a semester
  5. Write a short essay in March 2023 about your first year at UA

If you are interested in participating in Legacy Scholars, please click on the interest form link below.

Legacy Scholars Interest Form

For more information or to speak with a staff member about Legacy Scholars, contact Randi Hamm, First-Gen Program Manager.