First-Generation Student Support

108% of $10,000 goal
This campaign ended on June 30, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!
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MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card. *

UPDATE 6/28/17: Thank you to all the donors and advocates!  The goal has been met, but we will continue to raise money until the campaign ends!  Let's see how far we can go over the $10,000 goal! Make a gift to the first-generation student support fund or the fund of your choice! 

First-generation students are the first in their families to attend college. They face challenges that other students don't face and statistically, they are less likely to graduate. We need your help to support first-gen students! 

  • 33-35% of Missouri State's current student population is first-gen, many MSU alumni were also first-gen students themselves. 
  • First-gen students face tight finances, and may not know about all the available financial aid. 
  • They may be working multiple jobs, commuting to school and caring for other family members.

The new First-Generation Student Support Fund is designed to help meet the needs of these students. It can be used for scholarships, special programming, networking opportunities, peer mentoring and other opportunities related to supporting first-gen students.

You can certainly choose to give to any fund at MSU through this campaign, but only donations to the First Generation Student Support Fund will by matched by Tim Foote, '72, until the matching funds are exhausted.Your gift can be matched dollar for dollar, up to a certain amount!  UPDATE: matching funds are no longer available.

If you have any questions regarding this project or incentives, please contact

*In addition, MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card and receive address labels in the fall. 

For a complete video transcript, download here.

A special thank you from Dr. Wood

I’m so thankful for our generous donors who stepped up to support our first-gen bears! You have demonstrated care for and attention to our deserving first-generation students.  We will be able to provide much needed programming including peer mentors, scholarship assistance, and programs to support their academic success.  We want our first-gen students to succeed and our MSU friends and alimni really stepped up to the plate.  Thank you.

Kelly S. Wood, PhD 

Professor, Communication

First Year Programs, Interim Director

2478 days ago by Melanie Earl
We are over the goal!

Thank you so much to all our donors and advocates for making this campaign so successful!  We reached the goal but with one day left, we will continue to raise money for first-generation students until the campaign ends tomorrow!  Let's see how far we can go over the $10,000 goal!  

2480 days ago by Melanie Earl
We are so close to the goal!

Thank you all so much for your support of this project!  I'm pleased to announce that we are very close to the $10,000 goal with two days left!  There is a little more than $400 to go and with the matching opportunity, we just need gifts totaling $202 to reach the goal! Please share this great news and ask your Bear friends to help!

I want to thank all of your on behalf of all of our first-generation students, past and present.  I am a first-gen student, and I know the challenges first-hand!  You are helping our students get the best possible start and the support they need to be successful MSU graduates! 

Many thanks to all our donors and advocates and a very special thank you to Tim Foote, 72' for his generous matching challenge and making this project possible!


2480 days ago by Melanie Earl
Just four days left!

There are just four days left on the campaign and the goal is within reach!  Please share again on social media and think of a few people that you can personally ask to contribute through a text, Facebook message or email. Gifts are still being matched dollar-for-dollar!

Thank you for all your support!  With your help, we will get all the matching funds and meet the goal!

2482 days ago by Melanie Earl

2486 days ago by Melanie Earl
Help Support First-Generation Students!

Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed and shared this project so far!  There is a little over a week left, and there are still matching funds available!  Please watch the video included in the update for a special message from Dr. Kelly Wood, Interim Director of First Year Programs at MSU.

Please share and encourage others to give so their gift can be doubled! Share the project and consider sending a personal message or email!

Thank you and GO  BEARS!

2486 days ago by Melanie Earl
A special thank you!

Thank you to all the donors to this campaign and the advocates that are sharing on social media!  Half of the goal has been met!  Please take a moment and share the campaign on social media and consider sending a personal email to people you know that may be interested in contributing!  The matching funds are still available, so their gift can still be doubled!

Thank you so much for your support of first-generation students at Missouri State! 

2494 days ago by Melanie Earl

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