What is the Georgia First Fellowship?
The Georgia First Fellowship is the premier mentorship program of Georgia First Generation Foundation. Students apply for the Fellowship and if accepted, are matched to top mentors who have applied and interviewed for their positions. These mentors serve as leaders of their school; showcasing outstanding academic and professional performance and making them well-equipped to serve as mentors.
What are the benefits?
- One-on-one mentoring: one mentor for every one student; a truly personal experience
- Tailored workshops: carefully crafted content based on student's current grade level to assure the most beneficial information is provided
- Professional development: working to assure that professional standards are met while in high school and after high school
- Networking: keeping in touch with like-minded students and working with those who share common aspirations and goals
Our Success Stories
It was never easy being raised by a foreign, single mother, who worked each day out of the week, but it made me the person I am today. I could never relate to my classmates, whose parents helped them with their homework each night. Instead, I would translate for my mother when my older brother wasn't around. These types of struggles have made me into the determined, studious, and hard-working student I am today. However, my senior year of high school I found the educational support I needed from the First Generation Club at Lanier High School. With the help of my counselor, Mr.Gueh, and the resources the club offered, I was able to learn about applying to college, Financial Aid, scholarships, and more! Two years later, I can happily say that I am a First-Generation student breaking stereotypes. I am a first-generation student who is a Goizueta Scholarship recipient, Pre-Nursing major, and an Honors college student with a 4.0 GPA. With all that said, I know I could not be here today without the help of Georgia First Generation Foundation.
My dream is to one day become a doctor, in the hopes of making both myself and my parents proud. Coming from a family of immigrants, the goals they were never able to reach, were left for me to fulfill. I don’t come from a lot of money and with this came juggling school and a full time job. It was hard finding anyone to relate to, until I joined Georgia First Generation Foundation. Here I was able to collaborate with other people like me who had the same mindset of wanting to uplift and empower first generation students. Here it is understood, that no matter the obstacles we may face, we are the future.