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Bridging the Gap: Students Welcome First-Gen High Schoolers Interested in UVA

 

Jessenia Castillo is many things; a high school junior, an excellent student and a first-generation student, meaning she would be the first in her family to go to college. She is also a diehard Wahoo fan and wants nothing more than to come to the University of Virginia. 

A UVA student group, Hoos First Look, is helping. Castillo arrived at UVA in late October with 18 other high schoolers, most of whom would be first-generation students, for an all-expenses paid orientation visit funded by current UVA students who come from similar backgrounds. 

Hoos First Look raised thousands of dollars from the Jefferson Trust, the UVA Parent's Fund and the Office of President (Jim Ryan is also a first-gen student) to enable them to pay for the high school students' travel, lodging and food for a weekend packed with programming, including tips on how to fill out financial aid forms and write college essays. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)