Eligibility

Below are the eligibility requirements.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  First Scholars® applications  are by February 1, 2018.

  • Must be a first generation college student (neither parent earned more than two years of education beyond high school and no post-secondary degree).
  • Be an incoming first-time, full-time freshman.
  • Apply and be admitted to the University of Memphis.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Perform in the mid-range of the university's admission standards.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen and be eligible for in-state student tuition.
  • Live on campus in the First Scholars Living Learning Community and apply for campus housing by the required date.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2018.
  • Complete the Student Strengths InventoryTM, a non-academic assessment of your potential for success.
  • Be willing to fully participate in annual program activities.
  • Attend New Student Orientation and Frosh Camp during the summer prior to your freshmen year. Each each student is responsible to pay the attendance cost to participate in NSO & Frosh Camp.

First Scholars® will be selected based on our eligibility criteria and the results of the SSI. If you're selected, First Scholars® will provide you with opportunities to maximize your success in college and help you create an individualized plan to guide you.