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The First Scholars® program at SIU will not be taking applications for the upcoming year. Please direct questions or concerns to:


The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) wants to hear from YOU!

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Be on the lookout for an official survey link coming soon to your SIU email account inbox.

(Official survey opens February 28.)

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About First Scholars®

The First Scholars® program is open to first-time freshmen who are first-generation college students (neither parent has more than two years of education beyond high school and has not earned a post-secondary degree) who enroll full-time at SIU.

Twenty students were selected to participate in a comprehensive support program including academic, social, personal development and financial awards of $5,000 each academic year, half disbursed in the fall semester and half disbursed in the spring semester.  Students can receive the award for a total of 4 years if program requirements continue to be met.

This scholarship requires that the recipients live on campus within the First Scholars Living Learning Community for their first academic year and outside of the family home the following three academic years in order to renew the scholarship.

You can also contact the Program Coordinator, Cristina Castillo, at 618-453-1843 or e-mail at

2022-2023 Guide to Important Information for SIU Carbondale Students, Faculty, and Staff.