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First Generation
Scholars Network

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Welcome to the
First Generation
Scholars Network!

If you will be the first in your family to earn a college degree, join our network to get support and resources from ISAC, your peers at your college, and colleges across the state! If you are heading to your first year of college this fall, we’ve got events and programs that can give you tools, resources, mentoring, and a great network of connections to make your transition and first year of college a whole lot easier—and successful.

Join the Network

Ready to join? You can join using our online form

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Have questions? Email us at

Connect with a First Generation Scholars Network Mentor

Our team of recent college graduates is your resource for all your questions and concerns about transitioning to college. We’ve been where you are, had a lot of the same questions, fears, and experiences you might be having. We are here to listen, answer questions, offer suggestions, connect you with the places on your campus that can assist you, and connect you with a network of peers like you.

First Generation Scholars Network Mentors

(309) 553-0064
(847) 309-4510
(708) 309-2189
(224) 632-2480
(708) 329-9195
(309) 434-0175
(773) 802-6046
(224) 457-6521
(312) 550-2632

Find the First Generation Network or Mentoring Program on Your Campus

Many colleges have their own mentoring or first generation student programming.

Search by the name of the college/university to connect with one of their first generation student programs.


First Up: Brought to You by ISAC First Up Podcast First Up offers informative conversation, advice, and stories about the challenges — and triumphs — that many first generation college students and their families experience. Join our hosts and guests as we discuss all the things we wish we knew before, during, and after college.


Check out ISAC’s “Going to College” Summer YouTube Series

ISACorps Members share their insight and experiences about being a first-time college student. The YouTube videos can be found on ISAC’s playlist. Topics include:

  • How to make new friends in college.
  • Remembering to take care of you: Self-care for your body, emotions, and mind.
  • Money Talk: How to have a good college experience on a budget.
  • Student Clubs & Organizations: How do I choose?
  • Keeping Sane: Balancing School, Work, and Family.
  • Tips for Apartment Hunting.
  • Essential items to bring to college!
  • Commuting: Perks & Challenges.
  • Being away from home for the first time.

More Resources for Students & Parents

Parents and other family members play a key role in the success of their students in college through their support and encouragement. Check out the list of resources ISAC has compiled specifically to support students, and parents.

ISAC’s Parent Resources

ISAC’s Student Resources