Proud to Be First Scholars Program

In Honor of Susan Feigenbaum, Sharon G. Levin and Blanche M. Touhill, the Proud to Be First Scholars Program aims to enhance opportunities for first-generation UMSL students.*

Dr. Susan Feigenbaum is quick to point out the tremendous impact mentors have made on her life. As a first-generation college student, she was especially grateful to acquire such compassionate guides through her college experience. As much as her parents tried to prepare her for life away from home, they couldn’t adequately convey a sense of the requirements and challenges inherent in completing a college degree, as they hadn’t experienced it.

As a young economics professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis in the late 1980s, Feigenbaum made it her mission to mentor as many students as she could during her 30 years teaching at UMSL. In light of her passion for helping First Generation college students navigate their way through higher education, Dr. Feigenbaum established this program to help connect first-generation UMSL students with dedicated mentors to help guide them through their four years at UMSL.

The Proud to Be First (PBF) Scholars Program celebrates the on-going journey of students whose parent did not graduate from college. The PBF Scholars program seeks to provide a high-profile, high-touch prestigious opportunity to these “first-generation” college students through a faculty Mentorship program that emphasizes the development of at least one meaningful relationship with University of Missouri – St. Louis faculty. This program will empower students to overcome obstacles to degree completion commonly faced by first-generation college students.

Scholarship Criteria

  1. Candidates will be incoming First Time Freshman
  2. Candidates will be First Generation College students
  3. Candidates must have a minimum High School Core GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 22 ACT/ or SAT Equivalent