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First To Go Scholars Program


‌‌Fall 2015 FTG Scholars Group Photo

2015-2016 First To Go Scholars

The application for the Scholars Program is now closed. 

For more information, please contact or (310) 338-7677.

What is the First To Go Scholars Program?

The First To Go Scholars Program offers an intensive academic experience for a limited number of incoming freshmen.  The Scholars should identify with the term first-generation college student - as an incoming freshmen whose parents have not received a four year degree at a U.S. university or college.  Scholars take at least two classes together over the course of an academic year, including a one-unit seminar on the first-generation experience. Students must complete an application to be considered for the program.  If admitted, students must also be available to attend a mandatory four-day retreat in August.  We are especially interested in commuters!

Read more about the program from the perspective of First To Go Scholar, Matt Gaydos (c/o 2019):

Spring 2016 Courses

LIBA 171 Orientation to Learning II "Orientation to Learning II," Instructor, Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles, with Peer Instructors, Genesis Montalvo and Chris Ingram

The main goal of the class is to provide students with adequate resources and opportunities in order to personalize their experience at LMU. Students will have the opportunity to apply their own experiences to class readings. The class will also feature guest speakers and presentations that will cover information to help students layout what they envision their next three years at LMU could look like. Information regarding different events and college culture during the fall semester will also be provided. Lastly, the co­facilitators will help students start their transition into their sophomore year of college.

RHET 1000 for FTG Scholars Learning Community"Rhetoric and (Non)Representation: Spectral Subjects in American Historical Fiction," Instructor, Dr. Danelle Dyckhoff Stelzriede

This course will apply the Jesuit ideal of eloquentia perfecta (i.e.: the good person writing and speaking well for the public good) as a framework for exploring the efforts of contemporary American authors to develop a more representative, equitable, and inclusive archive of United States history and culture.

First To Go Scholars Frequently Asked Questions

My older brother or sister attended college. Am I still considered "first generation"? 

  • Yes.  For the LMU First to Go Community, "first-generation college" means that your parents have not completed a four-year degree at a U.S. college or university.

As part of the learning community, are we required to live together in a LMU residence hall?

  • No. Students in the learning community only take classes together, and do not have to live in the same residence hall as the other members.  We are especially interested in having commuters in our Scholars program.

As a commuter, how will I benefit from becoming  a First To Go Scholar?

  • Commuters are especially benefited from the program because they learn how to become integrated into a new learning environment, even though they will not be living on campus.  The Scholars Program gives commuters personalized resources to aid their transition into a university setting.

I am unable to enroll in either course.  How can I still participate in the First To Go program?

  • We encourage all eligible students to join the First To Go Community! You will receive notices about special opportunities and resources on campus that are exclusive to First To Go participants, and will be invited to all of our events.

I am a first-generation student, but I don't think I need any "help."  Why should I participate?

  • First-generation students at LMU are just as likely to graduate from college as their peers.  But what we find is that many first-gen students thrive when they are in a supportive environment of peers, faculty, and staff who understand their backgrounds.  With this support and network, our students are more likely to participate in undergraduate research, to study abroad and do internships, and to be competitively eligible for scholarships, graduate school, and other opportunities.  Finally, many students describe First To Go as a "family" and home away from home.