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OHIO First Scholars celebrates first-generation students

OHIO First Scholars celebrates first-generation students
OHIO First Scholars Director Angela Lash and Graduate Assistant Brittney Seals pose with a friend at the OHIO hockey game

Ohio University celebrates First-Gen Friday on the first Friday of the month. On First-Gen Friday, the OHIO First Scholars program invites students, faculty, and staff to wear their “First-Gen? Me Too!” shirts and join us to celebrate and show pride in being the first! Each First-Gen Friday, OHIO First Scholars hosts an event and invites the first-gen community to attend. Attending these events is a great way to get connected to other First-Gen Bobcats.

For February’s First-Gen Friday, we raffled off 40 tickets to see the Ohio Bobcat hockey team take on Stony Brook University during Sibs Weekend. We had a great response to our raffle and the turnout was amazing! Raffle winners came to Bird Arena dressed in their first-gen gear and OHIO First Scholars staff were on hand to pass out tickets, a free t-shirt, and a first-gen rally towel. It was a great game and Ohio Bobcat Hockey left with a victory.

Be on the lookout for more First-Gen Friday events this semester. On March 4 we will collaborate with the Career and Leadership Development Center to offer free professional headshots for first-gen students on the 5th floor of Baker University Center.

Ohio First Scholars, housed within the Allen Student Advising Center, was created to support and engage First-Generation college students. The program is dedicated to supporting the success, persistence, and engagement of Ohio University’s first-generation community.

For more information about First-Gen Friday and the “First-Gen? Me Too!” campaign, go to www.ohio.edu/uc/firstgen/first-gen-me-too.