First-Generation Scholarship Contest Winners

First Place: $1,000 Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Place: $500 Fall Semester 2021

Inver Hills Community College and TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) held a First-Generation Scholarship Contest with five scholarship prizes to celebrate the college’s first-generation students. The scholarships are for fall semester 2021.

Eight Inver Hills first-generation students submitted their artistic work to the contest with the objective to answer the following question: “How has being a first-generation student affected your college experience?”

The college then held a public vote to determine the winners.

Here are the results:

1st Place: Sarah S.

$1,000 Scholarship


2nd Place: Eden J.

$500 Scholarship

Essay and video poem

“In Your Hard Times”

3rd Place: Hunter T.

$500 Scholarship

Explanation and video

“First-generation students are trailblazers who demonstrate creativity, resilience and resourcefulness in navigating higher education. The new scholarships reward first-generation students for using their creative and artistic abilities to express their college experiences.”
Matt Kruger
TRIO Student Support Services Director
Travelers EDGE Director
Inver Hills Community College

4th Place: Tanya L.

$500 Scholarship


5th Place: Christopher G.

$500 Scholarship


TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at Inver Hills

Jessica Neppl

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) empowers students to succeed at Inver Hills and transfer to earn a four-year degree by providing academic advising, guidance in the transfer process, and a positive community of support.

SSS is one of the federally-funded TRIO programs that provide a pathway to higher education opportunities and success. If you are planning to graduate from Inver Hills and transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree, TRIO SSS could be a great fit for you!

What does TRIO SSS provide?

  • Personalized academic advising, career planning and major exploration
  • College transfer planning
  • Campus visits to four-year institutions
  • Workshops on various topics, including study skills, financial literacy and time management
  • Social and cultural events
Learn more about the First-Generation Scholarship Contest and TRIO SSS at Inver Hills by contacting:

TRIO Student Support Services

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