First-generation Completion Initiative

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First-generation students face greater challenges to completing higher education than students who have at least one parent with a bachelor’s degree. The First-generation Completion Initiative removes barriers and provides necessary resources.


  • $5M naming opportunity for newly announced center (supports peer mentors, coordinator, student research opportunities, and networking/mentoring relationships)
  • $75,000 minimum annual scholarship funding


The top reason first-generation students drop out is financial difficulties. Support to this initiative directly helps students complete their degrees through scholarships and program support.


First-generation Student Facts

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37% of UVU students are First-generation

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More than 75% come from households with a combined income of $50,000 or less

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Only24% of First-generation UVU college students complete Bachelor's Degrees, compared to 33% of other students

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27% come from households with a combined income of $20,000 or less

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Every gift is meaningful and appreciated. You are welcome to make a donation of any size to support our students. If you'd like to create a legacy, please consider signing up for a monthly recurring gift that will have a lasting impact on future students and educators. Together, we uplift, provide exceptional care, and inspire students to be their very best.

For more information on ways to establish a legacy gift, such as through a will, bequest, trust, annuity, or IRA rollover, please visit

If you prefer to donate via check, please make checks payable to UVU Foundation and mail to the address below. Please list "First Gen Completion" in the memo field.

UVU Foundation
800 W University Pkwy MS 111
Orem, UT 84058

UVU employees are welcome to sign up for payroll deduction using the Employee Giving form.

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