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Below are the eligibility requirements.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  First Scholars® application will open on November 1, 2023 and will close on March 1, 2024.

  • 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.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2024.
  • 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.