The FIRST Mentorship Program aims to meaningfully involve incoming freshman and transfer
students who are first generation college (FGC) students to improve their retention
and success rate in the Whitacre College of Engineering by creating an environment
that supports their academic progress, as well as their social, community, and career
needs and interests.
About the FIRST Program
FIRST is a community and mentoring program that supports First Generation College
(FGC) students through their tenure in the Whitacre College of Engineering. The purpose
of this program is to provide resources to succeed in the engineering discipline of
their choice. The four main areas of focus are academic support, social/community,
career council and financial information.
FIRST provides FGC engineering students with a close-knit community to ensure the
students know they have access to resources and information for a successful college
experience. This program is meant to supplement other Texas Tech University FGC programs
by providing engineering specific access and resources, and is not intended to compete.
FIRST Program Activities & Scholarship Eligibility
The following activities are designed to help FIRST members become acclimated to the
Whitacre College of Engineering and college life. Participation in these events earns
points towards scholarships and/or special events and include:
- Mentor Meetings - Mentors will be available throughout the semester. This is a very important part
of the FIRST Program and is meant to connect incoming FGC students with upper-class
FGC students in the WCOE. To be scholarship eligible complete 3+ meetings each semester.
- Workshops - FIRST will offer workshops focused on FGC student needs throughout each semester.
Timing for these is based on WCOE academic and career activity dates. To be scholarship
eligible complete 3+ FIRST workshops each semester.
- Meet Your Professors – Earn points by getting to know your professors! Though this can be tough, it is
very valuable. Initiating positive interactions with professors can help create strong,
open lines of communication which takes away the stress of asking for help and can
also lead to connections that can later provide recommendation letters for scholarships
and internships. To be scholarship eligible meet each of your professors 1+ times
- Meeting your Department Advisor/Faculty – Each semester you will need to meet with your advisor to discuss classes, make
sure to not put your appointment off. Advisors/faculty are valuable connections for
resources, feedback, and networking. To be scholarship eligible meet your advisor/faculty
1+ times each semester.
- Outreach – FIRST participates in engineering outreach activities. Outreach is a valuable tool
that helps build leadership, teamwork, and communication skills all attributes which
enhance your résumé. Outreach activities include: high school and middle school campus
visits, Engineers-Week activities, engineering organization activities with K-12 students,
and more. To be scholarship eligible participate in 2+ outreach events each semester.
- Community Involvement – The WCOE offers many community involvement opportunities through student groups
and organizations. Much like outreach activities, community service helps build teamwork
and leadership skills and helps enhance your résumé. To be scholarship eligible participate
in 1+ community involvement activities each semester.
- Community Building – This is a chance to come together and have FUN! Attend social events regularly
through a combination of FIRST, SSS, FYS, SYS, and other WCOE events. Activities may
include: the LYFE event, kick-off, socials, study halls, company info sessions, EOC
workshops, engineer's week, WCOE job fair, guest speakers, and special events! To
be scholarship eligible participate in 2+ community building activities each semester.
- University Career Center – The UCC is located in the Wiggins Complex and provides career and strengths testing,
career focused events, webinars, and other resources throughout the semester. FIRST
participants will need to complete UCC testing during their first semester in the
program and additional points can be earned by participating in other UCC events for
undergraduate students. To find out more about their events visit them at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/students/index.php.
To be scholarship eligible participate in 1+ UCC activities each semester.
Apply to be a FIRST Program Peer-Mentee!
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Registration has closed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Become a FIRST Mentor!
FIRST Mentors help incoming first generation college freshman and transfer students
to become meaningfully active in the college community and provide guidance and support
on a peer-to-peer mentor level. Help other FGC students to learn from your unique