"IamFirst" Leadership Program

The "IamFirst" LEAD Program is a one-year leadership development program for new first-generation freshmen at UVU. ("First-generation" is defined as neither parent/guardian has a U.S. bachelor's degree.)

This program develops students in three key ways:

  1. Helping you recognize and hone your talents and skills (using the Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment)
  2. Providing you with effective skills and strategies that are vital to succeeding in college
  3. Training you to become a peer mentor and student leader at UVU

Students enroll in a 3-credit course each semester (fall and spring), in which they will build a community with other first-generation LEAD students, meet regularly with an assigned peer mentor, and network with a staff or faculty mentor. Scholarships may be available for students who apply and are admitted to the program.

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Apply now for LEAD 2021-2022

Applications for the 2021-2022 leadership program are currently closed. The application for 2022-2023 will be published in March 2022.

Applications for 2021-2022


  • Develop essential skills to succeed in college and beyond
  • Join a structured community of first-generation freshmen and "IamFirst" staff
  • Receive credit for leadership courses
  • Connect with experienced student and faculty mentors
  • Scholarship opportunities, including a partial-tuition scholarship
  • Earn “Leadership Certification” on your Academic Transcript
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