In October 2018, the cost of one semester of in-state tuition at Utah Valley University was $2,518. This year, UVU is looking for 2,518 students and community members to join the 2518 Campaign in support of first-generation college students.

Around 37% of Utah Valley University students are first-generation, meaning their parents or guardians have not completed a bachelor’s degree in the United States. This often means that first-generation students come from lower-income families — more than 75% of first-generation students are from households with a combined income of $50,000 or less — and lack the experience and support of family members who understand the challenges of higher education.

“The 2518 scholarship campaign gives first-generation students financial and emotional support,” said Shaun Singh, assistant director of alumni relations at UVU. “Being a first-generation student can be very challenging and involves a lot of firsts, not only for the students, but for parents also.”

In 2020, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) recognized UVU as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution for its commitment to supporting first-generation college students. In addition, UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez announced the establishment of a First-Generation Student Success Center at UVU in 2020.

The goal of this year’s 2518 campaign is to raise a total of $40,000 for first-generation student scholarships.

“Funding the education of first-generation students gives them a further sense of accomplishment and belonging as a student at UVU, to continue their pursuit of education,” Singh said.

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