Dutchmen First students

Calling All First-Generation College Students.

We are excited to announce the expansion of our successful Dutchmen First program designed to support first-generation students through their transition to college and provide helpful resources throughout their college journey.

All about LVC's Dutchmen First program

Who is eligible for the Dutchmen First program?

First-generation students in years 1, 2, or 3 are eligible for the Dutchmen First program. A first-generation college student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.

*Please note that you are still considered a first-generation student even if you have a sibling(s) who earned a degree(s).

Program Summary and Expectations

Program Summary

Eligible first-generation students participating in the Dutchmen First programs and workshops will receive a $500 scholarship per year.


  • Maintain good academic and financial standing.
  • Attend 75% of Dutchmen First workshops in each semester. (*This spring, due to the remote start, the expectation is attending 2 out of the 3 workshops.)
    • Additional workshop options are available for schedule conflicts (athletes and extracurricular activities).
  • Participate in one 1:1 or small group meeting with an Academic Success Coach.
  • Participation will be tracked on Canvas. Attendance and short reflection will be documented as your participation.
  • Students are eligible for participation in years 1, 2, and 3 of enrollment at LVC. 

Program Benefits

  • Dutchmen First will offer monthly workshops on a variety of topics that are strategically timed to ensure students receive continued support throughout the semester. Additionally, each cohort will have programming specifically tailored to their academic progress.
  • Providing resources, education, and support for first-gen students to develop healthy and productive habits.
  • A $500 scholarship can be earned in years 1, 2, and 3 for active engagement in the Dutchmen First program.

Why get involved?

  • Develop a support network and resources to assist in a smooth transition to college and look to build a path to continued success.
  • Dutchmen First workshops will not only provide tools to current first-gen students but also ensure that future generations of their families will have the tools to be successful.

Meet Yeika

A first-generation college student, Yeika Pizarro recalls the confusion and messiness of navigating the college process.

Registration and More Info

If you are interested in the Dutchmen First Program, complete the registration form.

For questions, contact Chad Schell, LVC's Academic Success Coach, by email at schell@lvc.edu or 717-867-6799.

Lebanon Valley College professor Helga McCullough

Dr. Helga McCullough Shares Her Experience

"I was part of a similar program when I was an undergraduate student. I am really excited that LVC has started Dutchmen First because it is so helpful to see and hear about the successes of others with similar backgrounds. When I was an undergrad, it was also just really nice to know that there was someone I could go to that may be able to help with struggles specific to first-generation college students."