First-Generation No-Essay Scholarship Contest Spring 2024

Use your creativity to answer this question: What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

TRIO Student Support Services at Inver Hills Community College is holding the First-Generation No-Essay Scholarship Contest for spring semester 2024. You qualify for this scholarship contest if you are a first-generation scholarship student. That means neither your parent(s) nor your guardian(s) held a bachelor’s degree while you were in high school.

This NO-ESSAY scholarship is designed for you to use your creativity to answer the following question:

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Your response should directly answer the question. Judges should be able to understand how your submission connects to the prompt. Submissions should be your own original work. You can use the creative arts to answer the question via poetry, short story, music, mixed media, visual art, or performance. This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to explore different ways to express yourself.

This scholarship was created by a former first-generation student from the Inver Hills TRIO program. This is an opportunity to explore and share the emotions that go along with the experience of being a first-generation college student. There is no right or wrong way to approach this—just share what is true to you.

If you wish, you may include a statement introducing your submission and its connection to the question. Written submissions have a 200-word maximum; video or audio submissions can be no longer than two minutes.

All submissions are due by Friday, February 12, 2024.


A First-Generation No-Essay Scholarship Contest Committee will review applications individually and choose finalists to be voted on by the general public. Voting will take place online Tuesday, February 20, until Friday, March 1, 2024.

A celebration for the finalists will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts building lobby. Winners will be announced in early March.

Learn more about the First-Generation No-Essay Scholarship Contest by contacting:

TRIO Student Support Services
Inver Hills Community College
College Center, Room 255
Apply to join TRIO

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