With the program’s peer mentors and First Gen Proud faculty and staff across campus, First Gen Roo Scholars will contribute to cultivating and celebrating UMKC’s supportive, energetic and inclusive first-generation community, while receiving direct and regular attention to their goals and needs.

The First Gen Roo Scholars program is designed for incoming, full-time freshmen students who meet the definition of a first-generation college student (UMKC defines a first-generation college student as any student whose parents or guardians did not receive a bachelor's degree in the United States).

How to become a First Gen Roo Scholar

Incoming full-time freshman students who identify as first-generation college students when completing their application to UMKC will be invited to apply to participate in the First Gen Roo Scholars Program. Students who are invited to apply for the First Gen Roo Scholars program will receive a letter indicating this in their UMKC Admissions portal.

The costs associated with the First Gen Roo Scholars program, including early move-in costs (for the 6 days the program is running before the official UMKC move-in day), meals, and programming, are covered by the program.

Benefits of being a First Gen Roo Scholar

  • An early introduction to campus, resources, community-building and academic experiences the week before fall classes begin
  • A book stipend for Spring Semester
  • Interactive programming such as self-care, navigating technology, college lingo and financial literacy specially designed by fellow first-gen students and UMKC resource offices
  • A first-generation student as a peer mentor
  • Assistance in forming personalized plans and goals for your first semester of college and beyond
  • A contributing place in the UMKC First Gen Proud community at UMKC

2021 First Gen Roo Scholars Program Information

The First Gen Roo Scholars program will kick off on Sunday, August 15 with early move-in for scholars who have a fall housing contract. The First Gen Roo Scholars summer program will run from Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 20. Scholars will participate in in-person, online synchronous (live) and asynchronous (at your own pace) activities.

2021 First Gen Roo participants are expected to:

  • Confirm that you will become a Roo by accepting your offer of admission and paying your $150 confirmation fee by May 1
  • Be fully available for the mandatory Summer Program that takes place Sunday, August 15 to Friday, August 20 (more specific details coming soon)
  • Commit to the First Gen Roo Scholars program, including meeting with your assigned mentor frequently throughout the Fall 2021 semester