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.
For more information on the 2518 campaign, please visit www.uvu.edu/2518/.
About Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the state of Utah, with more than 40,000 students. The university boasts a dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college. UVU’s unique model, which focuses on student success, engaged learning, rigorous academic programs, and faculty-mentored research, is transforming higher education by making it more affordable and accessible to students of all backgrounds. For more information, visit uvu.edu or follow @utah.valley.university on Instagram or Facebook.