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Joining The Academy

Welcome to the First Islander Scholars' Academy! Joining is easy:


✔ Be a First Generation Student (a first time in college freshman whose parents' highest level of education is a high school diploma or a GED certificate).
✔Be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more).
✔Sign a FERPA Waiver with the Office of the Registrar to allow program staff to communicate with parents/guardians.


✔Attend workshops and other activities specifically planned for participants
✔Participate in one community service project
✔Maintain a 2.5 GPA


For Students

First Islander Scholars’ Academy participants will have the opportunity to enjoy an enhanced academic experience. Not only they will have academic support through Supplemental Instruction, Writing Center and Reading Lab usage, tutors in specific areas of study, but participants will also have:

  • Peer Mentors
  • Faculty Mentors
  • Study Skills Workshops
  • Writing Workshops
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Fulfill FISA program Requirements and have the opportunity to apply to be a FISA Mentor

For Families

First Islander Scholars’ Academy helps the family learn about the university and its resources, including the different forms of financial aid available to your student, and provides additional support to your students as they transition from high school to college and begin to grow more independent. The Academy will offer workshops, meetings, and communication throughout the semester to assist families during their student’s transition.

If you wish to be part of the First Islander Scholar’s Academy, please complete the application below.


For questions about the First Islander Scholars' Academy Program, please contact the First Generation Program Coordinator Martha Gutierrez, (361) 825-2893, GSSC 121 H.