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First Colonel Program


First generation college students (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree).


First Colonels members get the chance to explore what it means to be a successful college student and have opportunities for additional activities and support at EKU. This close-knit community allows students to explore the EKU and Richmond community in an engaging and exciting environment.


Request a mentor to have a peer help you navigate your first year of college and beyond.


Contact the Student Success Center for more details.

First Colonels Living Learning Community

The First Colonels Living Learning Community provides programming and workshops designed to help students adjust to campus life at EKU. This is an opportunity for first-generaion students at EKU to connect with fellow first-generation students and faculty/staff who are committed to the success of first-generation students.

To join the First Colonels LLC, choose the LLC on your Housing application or email EKU Housing and Residence Life for more information.

Freshman Academy for Diverse Students

The Freshman Academy for Diverse Students provides first year students with the information, encouragement, and direction they need in order to navigate college life and reach their academic, personal, and professional goals at Eastern Kentucky University.

This program connects first-year students with their fellow classmates and introduces them to EKU faculty, staff, and student leaders who will provide on-going support throughout their college career at EKU and beyond.

For more information or to register for the Freshman Academy, visit the website.

McNair Scholars

The McNair Scholars program encourages and assists undergraduate students who are committed to achieving doctoral degrees.
McNair Scholars exhibit self-initiative, excellent academic performance and strong potential for graduate school success. Program professionals and University faculty members work closely with participants to foster sound scholarly skills while offering holistic encouragement and support.
Each McNair Scholar at EKU is eligible to receive an EKU Scholarship.


EKU NOVA is a TRiO Student Support Services project that is federally-funded to serve the needs of first generation and lower-income students at EKU.

EKU NOVA’s mission is to serve our students comprehensively in order for them to be successful and prosperous college graduates! Serving students both academically and personally the NOVA program provides many services including: Academic instruction, peer mentoring, academic advising/orientation and registration assistance, grant aid scholarship opportunities, service learning, career and graduate school advising, living-learning experience, and financial aid consulting.