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UA Little Rock to Honor First-Generation College Students in November

UA Little Rock is celebrating First Generation College Student Celebration Month in November.
UA Little Rock is celebrating First Generation College Student Celebration Month in November.

In honor of First-Generation College Student Celebration Month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is launching a campaign to celebrate first-generation students, employees, and alumni throughout November.

“Attending college for the first time is a big step for any student, especially first-generation students,” said Dr. Christina Drale, chancellor at UA Little Rock. “First-generation students are a vital part of our community, making up approximately half of the undergraduate student body. We actively support each student and are proud to celebrate this special month with our first-generation students.”

Throughout the month, UA Little Rock will be sharing the stories of first-generation Trojans, whether they are current students, faculty or staff members, or alumni. The community is encouraged to share stories of their first-generation UA Little Rock students by posting their story on social media with the hashtag #FirstGenTrojan and tagging the university’s official page. Students highlighted in the #FirstGenTrojan social media campaign will be automatically entered for a chance to win a free swag bag from the university.

One such student is Lakendra Mackrey. She said this of her experience as a first-generation student at UA Little Rock: “As a first-generation student, I have the insatiable need to achieve greatness. My professors encouraged me to keep up the good work and my peers cheered me on when I felt I was going down the wrong academic path. True grit allowed me to stay the course and make the Chancellor’s List Spring 2020.”

First-generation students make up 41% of the university’s total student population, and 48% of its undergraduate population. UA Little Rock is dedicated to helping each student succeed through financial aid and scholarships, engaged faculty and staff, excellent resources for student success, and through real-world learning experiences like internships, applied research, study abroad, and service learning projects.

For example, the university recently received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the university’s Student Support Services (SSS) program, which provides resources to undergraduate college students who are low-income, first-generation, and/or have a disability.