First Generation Student Support
Navigating graduate school can be difficult, especially for those who may be the first in their families to pursue a higher education. We aim to assist our first-generation students by offering resources and support tailored to their needs.
The STRIVE Scholars program has given me a place to thrive and blossom. In this space, all of me is accepted and my past traumas are healed. I’ve learned that I am worthy, powerful and resilient. Today, I stand as living proof that a gay Latino belongs in graduate school.Jesse Galvan '23
What is the STRIVE Scholars Program?
First-generation scholars will always be first-generation—undergraduate, graduate school, careers. The STRIVE Scholars Program is a space where first-generation students can share their journey being understood and also recognize their cultural wealth as an asset. They are supported by a community of other first-generation scholars who all share one common goal: giving back to their communities.
The Strive scholars program offers academic, cultural and leadership development opportunities to first-generation graduate students in the Counselor Education program at Cal Lutheran. We continue to work towards improving educational experiences and outcomes for this important student population. We are committed to maintaining a supportive learning environment in which first-generation students feel a strong sense of belonging, as well as personal and academic success.
Our program is based on Cultural Wealth and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership frameworks. We understand the interconnectedness with each other and the world around us and honor the Mayan concept of Inlak’ech which is translated to “you are my other me.” Honoring this concept, we take time to understand and reflect on ourselves and our personal and professional growth as we continue this journey to serve as leaders and advocates in the world.
How does the program work?
How to apply
To apply to be a member of the incoming cohort, you must first be admitted into the Counselor Education program. The online application for STRIVE Scholars allows you to share your experience as a first generation college student and your goals as a graduate student.
Please note that you must be able to commit to attending at least three workshops in the first year of the program to be considered to be a STRIVE mentor in the second year or express interest in presenting at professional conferences as part of the program. The incoming cohort members will be announced within the first two weeks of the fall semester.