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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.

A first-generation college student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. Being a first-generation college student is something to be proud of, and we hope you are as excited as we are that you have chosen to complete your undergraduate degree at Lebanon Valley College.

Through the program, you’ll connect with other first-generation students to learn about topics important to your adjustment and success at Lebanon Valley. Each student will also be paired with an LVC faculty member or staff mentor who will share their first-generation experience and advice as the first to earn a college degree in their family.

Students who complete Dutchmen First will receive a $500 scholarship, renewable for their future years at LVC.

Meet Yeika

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

Program Requirements

This program is only open to incoming first-year students.

First Gen Resources and Connections

  • Attend monthly presentations and workshops on relevant first-gen topics. *If scheduling conflicts occur, please reach out to price@lvc.edu. 

Academic Success

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.4 or higher. If GPA is below 2.4 at midterms, you must schedule an Academic Coaching meeting.

Registration and More Info

If you are interested in the Dutchmen First Program, complete this registration form. Note, this program is only open to incoming, first-year students.

For questions, contact Sarah Bartz, director of academic success, by email at findyoursuccess@lvc.edu or 717-867-6381. 

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."