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First-Generation Awards & Recognition

Brave to be First

First-generation students are resilient and overcome hurdles that most college students never face.  The Brave to be First Achievement Ceremony is held each year to recognize all graduating first-generation students and celebrate various achievements of our first-gen students, faculty, staff and alumni.  

May 1, 2024 at 6 p.m. in UC Annex

Reception to follow ceremony.  

All graduates MUST RSVP .  Award nominations are due by April 5, 2024 and should be submitted using the links below.  Award recipients will be selected via a first-generation student selection committee.  

First-generation graduate

Graduating First-Generation Students

GenONE invites any first-generation graduating student in 2024 (Spring 2024 and Fall 2024) at UNC Pembroke to complete this form to RSVP for the Brave to be First Achievement Ceremony. Graduates will be recognized and receive a medallion to wear at graduation that represents their success as first-generation scholars. All graduates 

MUST RSVP here to receive a medallion.





Brave to be First-Generation Student of the Year Award

Honors one graduating undergraduate student who has shown resilience, determination, and grit as a first-generation scholar. This student has gone above and beyond to prove that being first-generation is an amazing accomplishment being the first in their family to graduate college. This graduate has overcome barriers and paved a path for success for their peers. The nominee must demonstrate continued success in academic, professional, and personal growth.

Nominate Here!   

Previous Recipient: Shania Cedillo, 2022 


GenONE Trailblazer Award

Honors three undergraduate students (freshman, sophomore, and junior) who have pursued and met ambitious personal and professional goals while demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and campus engagement during their time at UNC Pembroke. These students, no matter what obstacles they face, have blazed a trail of success behind them leaving a lasting impact on their mentors, peers, and community.

Nominate Here!   

Previous Recipients: Seth Norris (Junior), Ny'aices King (Sophomore), and Hannah Scrattish (Freshman), 2022 


Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy

Honors one faculty member and one staff member or administrator who supports first-generation students' education and serves as an exemplary advocate for first-generation students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. It is not required that nominees identify as first-generation students themselves.

Nominate Here!   

Previous Recipient: Dr. Michele Fazio & Elena Locklear, 2022  

Next Gen

Next Gen Alumni Excellence Award

Recognizes an exceptional alum of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke who were the first in their family to obtain a degree and whose professional achievements, career and contributions to their community have modeled the way for the next generation.

Nominate Here!   

Previous Recipient: Rev. Dr. Terry Hunt