In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration.
November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (HEA) emerged out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s fight against poverty. Similar to other hallmark legislation of that era, HEA was intended to help level the playing field for minority and low-income Americans. In addition to creating federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, the legislation made key investments in higher education. We are thrilled at Lewis to celebrate with the 33% of our undergraduate student population who are first –generation. This information could also serve as a source of encouragement for more first-generation students to pursue their college dreams.