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Nicholls scholarships to help first-generation students

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University will offer 24 scholarships exclusively to first-generation college students who enroll in fall 2012. 

Under the First-Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Program – which provides matching funds to state universities – Nicholls will offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,250 per semester to qualifying students.

“I am delighted that Nicholls is able to provide students with this opportunity to pursue their dreams of a college education,” Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president, said. “From the day Nicholls opened its doors in 1948 to the present, this institution has played a major role in raising the educational levels of students in this region. As a result, thousands of our alumni now serve as accountants, nurses, teachers, entrepreneurs and other types of professionals, while others have advanced to graduate school and returned as dentists, physicians, attorneys and physical therapists. A large number of these successful people were first-generation students who could not or would not have gone elsewhere to college. After 64 years, we continue to serve a student body with 60 percent first-generation students.”

Under the First-Generation program, the university must provide each recipient with a campus job as well as structured academic advising. Each recipient must also qualify for a PELL grant.

For additional information about these scholarships and others, call (985) 448-4411 or go to nicholls.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.

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