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Osha's Kitchen First Generation

College Student Book Fund


Being a First Generation Student is so much more than being the first one in your family to go to college. It's breaking generational curses that no one had ever dreamed of, and doing that is daunting. One thing that First Generation Students are often unprepared for is the unseen costs of books.

As a First Generation College Student and a Life-Learner, We started this book fund scholarship to help first generation student be successful while attending a post-secondary institution.

Since 2019, First Osha's Kitchen First Generation College Student Book Fund, we have awarded 12 scholarships to hardworking, deserving first generation college students. For the 2021-2022 Academic School Year, our goal is to give at least 10 book scholarships to students. We want to start earlier in our fundraising efforts in order to reach this goal.

To help us reach our goal, please donate.

There is no set amount but any little bit helps!


  1. Must be a First Generation College Student
    A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment.

  2. Must attend a 2 or 4 year post-secondary institution

  3. Only open to Undergraduate Students


Application Requirements:

  1. Submit a completed application by  September 8th, 2022.

    1. Online Application

      1. Supplemental Essay 

        1. Importance of College Persistence for First Generation.
          Essay should be 750-1000, 12pt font, double spaced, free of grammatical and spelling errors.

      2. Resume

    2. Copy of Official Acceptance Letter or Unofficial transcript from University

    3. Proof of Financial Need 

      1. Financial Aid Award Letter​ or Student Aid Report

    4. Resume highlighting academic, personal and professional achievements. 

    5. If awarded a Book Fund, proof of enrollment verification must be submitted within 16 days of the first day of school.

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