Angela Lash

Angela Lash

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First Scholars Program seeks mentors for first-generation students

Over the past several years the Allen Student Advising Center has increased its efforts to support Ohio University’s first-generation college students. These efforts culminated in the creation of the OHIO First Scholars program in Fall 2015.

OHIO First Scholars provides proactive outreach and support programs that address the challenges first-generation students may face as they acclimate to the university while also celebrating the unique strengths they bring to our campus.

The program includes a variety of options through which first-year, first-generation college students can engage including a student organization, We Are First, a specialized living experience in Ryors Hall through a partnership with Housing and Residence Life, a seminar course in spring semester, and a mentoring program.

The OHIO First Scholars Mentoring Program exists to connect first-year, first-generation college students to Ohio University faculty, staff, or full-time graduate students who were also first-generation college students and/or have a vested interest in supporting current first-generation students at OHIO.

The program is seeking additional mentors to work with students for the 2016-17 academic year. Participation requires less than 20 hours per semester of your time including mentor training, bi-weekly meetings with your mentee, and program events throughout the semester.

To volunteer as an OHIO First Scholars Mentor, please complete a brief survey at:

For more information about the OHIO First Scholar program visit:

For questions about OHIO First Scholars, contact Angela Lash, associate director of the Allen Student Advising Center, at 740-566-8888 or