First-Generation Initiative

First-Generation Initiative publishes refreshed and expanded website

The First-Generation Initiative (FGI) published a refreshed website ( for the SMU community on August 13. Just in time for the new academic year, the refresh expanded web-based resources and new features including:

Faculty and staff are encoruaged to direct students to the first-generation initiative via Feedback and recommendations of additional resources/scholarships are welcome; please email


First-Generation Initiative Student Academic Engagement & Success

SMU wants to cover college costs for more first-generation, underrepresented students

A new scholarship aims to help more first-generation and underrepresented students attend Southern Methodist University by covering their tuition.

The new program, Access SMU, will close financial gaps among high-achieving Texas students who are eligible for Pell Grants — federal aid given to students with significant financial need.

Read more on the Dallas Morning News website.