The mission of The Suder Foundation (TSF) is to dramatically increase the graduation rate of first-generation college students and to prepare each scholar for a life with self-awareness, success, and significance. We accomplish this mission through First Scholars® — our holistic student success program currently operating at our growing national network of four-year public university Affiliates.
This innovative personal development program provides comprehensive support to help Scholars bridge first-generation challenges — financial, social, and academic. Its synergistic focus on Self-Success-Significance empowers Scholars to implement their personal strategic vision and plan for graduation and life beyond.
Read the latest report supporting our program strategies (PDF; 468,653 bytes).
First Scholars currently has an average 92% retention rate, compared to 72% for our Affiliate Universities’ general first-generation populations.