First Gen Scholars

FIRST GEN SCHOLARS supports students from the time they enter the University at Albany through graduation, and any time in between. 


Through comprehensive programs and holistic services designed to connect first generation students with resources, students are empowered to achieve academic and personal goals guiding them to graduation from the University at Albany. 


At UAlbany, our FIRST GEN SCHOLARS will find the support needed for their specific situation, whether it’s skills coaching, academic advice, major or career exploration, and/or social and personal support.

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We at UAlbany welcome our FIRST GEN SCHOLARS to explore our many program offerings, get connected and stay engaged! Tag @ualbany and use the hashtag #UAlbanyFirstGen in social media posts when sharing your first-gen stories. 

What is a First Gen Scholar?

First generation is defined as both parents/guardians having less than an associate’s degree (a two year college degree) or parent/guardian 1 having less than an associate’s degree and no information or not applicable/unknown information for parent/guardian 2.

Taskforce Membership

The purpose of the FIRST GEN Scholars Task Force is to develop and promote strategies and best practices that advance the success of first-generation students.


Holly Barker-Flynn - Director of Orientation & New Student Programs

Monica Britton - Alumni Association Board of Directors

Zachary Desjardins - Academic Advisor/Advisement Services Center

Jennifer Horn - Assistant Director in the Community and Public Service Program (CPSP)

D. Ekow King - Director of Intercultural Student Engagement/Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Linda Krzykowski - Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Executive Director of the First Year Experience

Clarence L. McNeill - Dean of Students

Sara Richburg - Alumni Association Board of Directors and Chair, Student Affairs Advisory Board - University at Albany

Charles Rogers - Associate Dean of Students