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First Generation Students

Are You a First Generation Student?

A First Generation Student is defined as someone who is the first in their family to attend college, university, or any post-secondary studies.  If a sibling(s) has already attended, or is currently completing post-secondary studies, you are still considered a First Generation Student.

Why is the First Generation Program Offered?

The First Generation Program is designed to support the unique experiences and challenges that first-in-family students may encounter while attending post-secondary education.  Many First Generation students find that parents/guardians may not be familiar with King's academics, finances, and social aspects of attending university.  The excitement of Orientation Week, the pressure of exams, late night studying, and early morning classes are new experiences for any student introduced to university, while First Generation students find the added challenge of not knowing where to seek guidance and answers.

General Advice and Assistance

If you have questions about the process of choosing future courses, when/where to buy books, or simply about what may be expected of you during specific academic points in the year, the King's Academic Mentoring Program (KAMP) and its mentors are there.   We believe that knowing as much as possible and feeling welcome in the King's community is an important first step.  Please click here for a quick reference guide to everything you need to know about First Generation and life in residence!  Additionally, click on here for further information about KAMP.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to a sympathetic and knowledgeable individual, please stop by the Student Support Services office (Wemple Room 157) or call 519-433-3491 ext. 4321 (toll free 1-800-265-4406 ext. 4321) or email csd@kings.uwo.ca.   Additionally, further resources are available for all King's First Generation students at Western

Financial Assistance for First Generation Students

First Generation Bursary 

This distinctive bursary opportunity provides financial support to students who are the first in their families to attend post-secondary studies. 

First Generation Work/Study Experience (King's) 

The main objective of the First Generation Work/Study Experience is to provide valuable work experience specifically to First Generation students during the academic year.  Students can work up to 15 hours per week, at a pay rate of $11.50/hour which includes 4% vacation pay. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Becoming a part of the King's Academic Mentoring Program (KAMP) is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself within the King's community, as well as provide a chance to meet and mentor first year First Generation students during their transition to university.  Volunteering is beneficial not only to our first-year students, but also for our upper-year students as well, by strengthening a core group of First Generation peers who are able to share in similar experiences and provide valuable expertise on your CV.  Please contact King's KAMP for more information about how your presence can continue to enrich our King's community.