GEN1 Scholars Program

Are You a First-Generation College Student?

The GEN1 Scholars Program will assist you as you transition to college by providing academic support; connecting you to faculty, staff, and resources; and helping you find and create community at Azusa Pacific University. GEN1 Scholars should identify as a “first-generation college student”––a student whose parents or guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree are referred to as first-generation.

About the GEN1 Scholars Program

The GEN1 Scholars Program offers APU's first-generation college students resources and opportunities for academic, professional, and personal growth. We strive to prepare students for their academic and post-graduation success through various programs and services. It is our mission to recognize and celebrate the unique cultural capital first-generation college students bring with them to the university in an attempt to foster an environment that will allow them to thrive.

Program Components

  • Academic Support
  • Mentoring
  • Workshops for Personal Development
  • Workshops for Parents/Guardians
  • Semester Gatherings

GEN1 Scholars Mentoring Program

The GEN1 Scholars Program offers faculty and staff mentoring for our first-generation college students. Through your mentoring relationship, you will gain networking opportunities, campus support, and a community of first-generation faculty and staff who are available to help you along your APU journey.

If you are interested in applying for a mentor, fill out the GEN1 Scholars Interest Card. This initial interest form will help us gather the necessary information to match you with one of our GEN1 Scholars Mentors.

Commitment for Students

  • Submit your Mentor Application
  • Attend Mentoring Orientation
  • Meet with your mentor at least 3 times a semester
  • Complete all program evaluations
  • One-on-one meeting with GEN1 Scholars Coordinator
Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is a free 4-week program designed to prepare a select group of first-generation students for their transition to Azusa Pacific University. Learn more about the program.


Student Resources

Need help navigating our campus? We’re here to help! Being a first-generation college student may present its own challenges, but APU has various resources to help you thrive.

Parent Resources

Have questions about supporting your college student? We have linked various resources for you to help navigate this new world.

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