FirstGen Miners Blaze Trails!

"Being a first-generation college student is an extraordinary achievement; taking them outside their comfort zones to serve as role models and inspiration to parents, younger siblings, and their greater communities."

- Emerson Collective, 2017  
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Dr. George Leno Holmes Jr. PhD is the co-founder and CEO of Hire Henry and a first-generation graduate of Missouri S&T in 2020.

Get to know our TrailBlazers

Who is considered a first-generation student?

At Missouri S&T, we use the federal definition for First-generation students which is "a student where neither parent received a 4-year degree". Follwing this definition, if a grandparent or relative completed a 4-year degree but the immediate parent or guardian  did not - that student is considered First Generation.

What is significant about first-generation students compared to other students?

Numerous studies have shown that first-generation students may not have the academic, financial, and family support that is more notably experienced by their peers. These, as well as other factors, are attributed to lower retention and graduation rates for first-generation identified students.

Missouri S&T Profile:

Our Miner Family currently has over 900 first generation Miners across all fields and from a variety of backgrounds. This growing community is paving the way for the generations to come. These future engineers, scientists, mathmeticians, historians, artists, and more are digging deeper and blazing the trail for their families, friends, and themselves.

Federal Aid Made Easy!

Every year, our Miners complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. The FAFSA determines student eligibility for federal loans, grants, work-study opportunities, and financial aid at Missouri S&T.

Though sometimes tricky, the FAFSA can be made easy with a little time and preparation. Through proper preparation you can avoid some of the common errors of filling out the online form through some of these helpful tips. The Missouri S&T FAFSA site provides information that you'll need to complete the online form as well as other federal aid opportunities.

Timing is important because there are federal deadlines and institutional deadlines placed by Missouri S&T. The application can be submitted whenever, however, it's best to submit your application by Feb. 1, 2021 for priority consideration. 

Below you'll find a helpful video about how to fill out the FAFSA. Using these resources, you'll be on your way to completing the FAFSA. For any additional information, questions, or concerns, feel free to reach out to Student Financial Assistance at

How to Fill out FAFSA - Federal Student Aid Youtube

Get Connected in the Miner Community!


Research shows that engineering and STEM undergraduates’ social relationships with their peers, faculty members, and university staff are critical to their success in engineering. That being said, while you're at Missouri S&T you're encouraged to get involved!

ENGAGE is Missouri S&T's online interactive organization portal where you can discover information about over 200 student clubs and organizations. Visit to learn more about the community service, fraternity/sorority, and other involvement options on campus and in the community.


Your mental and physical health is important to us. Student Well-Being brings all of the campus health resources together to provide you a holistic approach to your well-being. 

Speak with a counselor or join a support group at S&T Counseling Services. Maintain or improve your physical health at the Recreation Center or the Student Health Center. Also, visit Miner Wellness to learn stress reducation strategies and how to engage your local community in a healthy and positive manner. Find out more at the link above.

Health can change in quick and drastic ways. To assist with navigating your education and your cicumstance S&T Care Management is a great campus support. By identifying immediate needs, connecting with appropriate resources, and working to develop a personalized action plan, the care manager helps students face challenges and support their well-being and success.


Missouri S&T values diversity, inclusion, and equity. The Miner Community supports our department of Student Diversity Initiatives as they provide educational opportunities and foster an environment of growth.

With campus resources to combat food insecurity like Commuter's Commodities and support groups for various student identities, we strive for our S&T value of Inclusive Excellence. 

Helpful Resources

Student Success Center Individualized Tutoring: The SSC offers 1-to-1 tutoring for over 50 of S&T's most challenging courses with no appointment necessary. The course schedule is available online and in the SSC at 198 Toomey Hall. Follow the smell of fresh coffee for more information.

Direct help from Faculty/Teaching Assistance (TA's) - Check your course syllabus, canvas, and etc and look for OFFICE HOURS. 

Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines (LEAD) – LEAD provides learning forums to students who wish to increase their understanding, improve their skills, and validate their mastery of concepts and content in a small group setting.

Writing Center – The Writing Center is here to help you with any and all writing: essays, resumes, research papers, personal statements, proposals, lab reports, abstracts, presentations, creative writing, and much more!

Physics Learning Center - The Physics Learning Center (PLC), part of Missouri S&T's LEAD Program, is designed to encourage students to take charge of their learning by working in informal cooperative groups. The PLC is staffed by experienced faculty and peer instructors who act as guides rather than tutors when students initially ask for help. 

Student Financial Assistance - Whether you are a freshman, transfer student, international student or returning student looking for an advanced degree, we are here to help you finance your future.

S&T Scholarship Information for:

Work Study at Missouri S&TIn the federal and institutional work-study programs, you work part-time to earn money to help pay for the cost of your education. The work-study program is for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

First in Family ScholarshipsWherever you are in your college journey, can help you reach your destination. This site provides a list of some popular first-generation scholarships from our database of over 2.7 million awards.

Career Opportunities and Employer Relations: Need career help or advie? COER has put together a set of resouces to help you with your post-college journey.

Career Counseling: S&T Counseling provides consultations to help you map out your next career moves. Their site also provides a series of career exploration resources for your to use.

Experiential Learning: Research opportunities, internships, co-ops, mentorships, and more can meet the needs of the S&T experiential learning requirement. Experiential Learning at Missouri S&T refers to learning stimulated by a variety of structured activities that differ significantly from the traditional lecture format. 

Majors & Minors: Picking and/or changing majors can be difficult and daunting. Use this page to learn more about the options that are available to you on campus and how to pick the best fit major and minor for you.  

Miner NetworkThe Miner Network program is a robust platform that allows S&T alums, faculty, staff and students to all connect virtually around almost any topic of interest.  From early career advice, to graduate school insight, to job-search assistance, S&T(UMR/MSM) Miners can now leverage their common bonds to build and strengthen their professional and personal networks. 

Success Coaching: Success Coaches are trained peers who are ready to guide you in time-managment, goal setting, accountability, and much more. They can help you stay on-track as you aim toward you personal, academic, and career goals.


Learn how to support First Generation Miners using the resources below:

Postsecondary National Policy Institute Report

‘Why Do We Have So Many Freaking Acronyms?!’ Some Colleges Target Jargon in the Name of Student Success
Source: Chronicle of Higher Education article (July 31, 2019)

Advising First-Generation Student Resources
Source: National Academic Advising Association

Teaching First-Generation College Student Resources
Source: Vanderbilt University

We want to hear from You!

The Student Success Center strives to improve the student experience at Missouri S&T. We want to know how you, your student, or your colleagues in the FirstGen community want to be supported.