“The very low graduation rate of students that come from challenging personal and socioeconomic backgrounds is a problem that needs to be actively addressed. There are young men and women in our community that have all the talent, drive and creativity to achieve success and make a difference in the world, yet are held back by lack of opportunity and support. Our goal is to help our First Ascent Scholars throughout their four year college careers by providing financial support through scholarships and room and board. We believe surrounding these students with the tools they need to navigate the university environment is as important as the financial support we provide. The First Ascent program gives our students a sense of community through one-on-one mentoring, academic support, and international and domestic travel opportunities. What we ask for in return is to support each other, give back to the community, and graduate.”
– Jeff and Helen Cardon
Thank you to our sponsors
The First Ascent Scholars Program would not be possible without the generous support of donors and program partners. With their support, we are able to provide scholarships and quality programming for our scholars. Thank you to the following partners for their commitment to the First Ascent Scholars Program mission.