RISE Program (Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment)

The RISE Program (Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment) connects and engages first-generation students through academic support, cultural competence training, leadership development, career readiness programs, and intentional engagement opportunities for first-generation students.

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In order to qualify, applicants must be first-generation and first time in college freshman.

Tangible Benefits:

RISE participants will:

  • Have access to a RISE coach who serves as a liaison to academic resources
  • Receive assistance purchasing books through the RISE Book Loan Program
  • Receive assistance seeking and applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Complete cultural competence training and earn a cultural competence certificate
  • Create a personal statement, cover letter, and resume
  • Be paired with a mentor
  • Participate in engagement opportunities to connect with other first-generation students and to the university
  • Participate in at least one leadership conference
  • Volunteer or participate in a service learning project

In addition, RISE participants will have access to:

  • The Urban Male Initiative
  • Internships and student employment opportunities
  • Multicultural Registered Student Organizations

Participation Criteria:

  1. General Eligibility
    • Must be a First Generation College Student (Neither parent or guardian has completed a Bachelor’s Degree within the United States)
    • Must be a first-time in college freshman
    • All applications are completed via OwlCentral
  2. All applications are completed via OwlCentral
  3. Complete requirements that fall under these three components:
    • Academics
    • Cultural Competency
    • Leadership
    • Career Center

Applications open up: June 2, 2019

For more information on resources available for first-generation students, please visit the website for the Office of First-Generation Student Success at fau.edu/firstgen