Network Member

Serving as the entry point into the First Scholars Network, Network Member institutions commit to building a foundational understanding of first-generation student success through participating in monthly workshops, networking and professional development opportunities, sharing knowledge and resources, and contributing to a peer community. 

An institution may advance to the next phase, First-gen Forward, upon successful completion of the Network Member requirements over the course of a year.  By joining the First Scholars Network, your institution is making a commitment to advancing first-generation outcomes with the goal of becoming a Champion Campus.

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Benefits of Participation

Network Member Engagement Benefits

Required Experiences


REQUIREMENTS= Virtual Kick-Off + Institution Blog + First-gen College Celebration Event + 2 Institution Goals + First Scholars Interest Meeting + Monthly Network Member Meetings + Center Online Learning Three (3) paid events per year + Annual Report


Network Member institutions become eligible to move to the First-gen Forward phase in June 2025 upon successful completion of requirements. 

Associated Cost:

Please note: there is no application cost or annual fee to become a Network Member. The only associated costs with this experience include maintaining NASPA institutional membership status and participating in a minimum of three Center Online Learning events (at a reduced rate for Network Members).





  • Be an active, accredited, two-year or four-year institution of higher education located within the United States;

  • Maintain a  NASPA Institutional membership; if selected for the Network institutions without a membership will be required to join; and 

  • Secure cabinet-level leadership support and commitment to participation;

  • Designate a minimum of two currently employed faculty and/or staff, plus at least one senior leader,  to serve as the institutions leadership team (additional faculty/staff are welcome to participate in programming); and

  • Commit to fulfilling the items outlined in the Required Experiences

Each phase of the Network has unique eligibility and programmatic requirements that are detailed in those sections.

Application Overview

We are excited to welcome a new class of Network Member institutions. Please review the dates, deadlines, and opportunities below: 

First Scholars Network Application Content Guide:  COMING SOON

First Scholars Network Application:  February 1, 2024 - March 22, 2024

This is a comprehensive application process, asking you to share aggregate institutional data, detail campus-wide efforts to support first-generation students, and demonstrate institutional buy-in from leadership. Information shared is only reviewed by Center staff and used for selection purposes.

Complete the application to the best of your ability, but please understand that it is not a requirement of your institution to be actively pursuing each area to be considered for selection. We look forward to learning more about the great efforts you and your colleagues are leading.

We invite you to join the First Scholars Network in 2024!

To apply please review the requirements for the first phase, Network Member and complete the interest form below: