First-Gen at Iowa Awards

2022 Nominations will be accepted in Fall 2022.

The UI First-Generation Task Force established four 1stGen@Iowa Awards in 2019. These awards recognize first-generation student achievements as well as outstanding advocacy and support efforts of faculty and staff. Recipients of Fall 2020 awards will be honored in November during our celebration of the annual  National First-Generation College Celebration.

FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: The First-Generation Student Achievement Award honors one first-generation undergraduate student and one graduate or professional first-generation college student who has pursued and met ambitious educational goals and demonstrated commitment to academic excellence. Additional information, including required nomination materials and the link to the online nomination form for the First-Generation Student Achievement Award is available at: No longer accepting nominations; nominations  for 2022 will open in September 2022.

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT ADVOCACY: 
The Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy honors one faculty member and one staff member or administrator who support first-generation students' education and serve as an exemplary advocate for first-generation students at the University of Iowa. It is not required that nominees have identified as first-generation students themselves. Additional information, including required nomination materials and the link to the online nomination form for the Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy is available at: No longer accpeting nominations; nominations for 2022 will open in September 2022.

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to make nominations for any four of these awards.

If you have questions regarding these awards or the nomination process for these awards, please contact Angie Lamb, in Academic Support and Retention, at angela-lamb@uiowa.edu.

Thank you!

 


2021 Award Recipients

First-Generation Student Achievement Award Recipients

Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy Recipients

 

2020 Award Recipients

First-Generation Student Achievement Award Recipients 

Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy Recipients

 

2019 Award Recipients

First-Generation Student Achievement Award Recipients

  • Lucille Howard, Medicine MD, Carver College of Medicine
  • Miguel Jacobo, BA, Interdepartmental Studies (Health Science-Multidisciplinary Science), CLAS
  • Alexia Sanchez, BA, Political Science and BA, Social Justice, CLAS

Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy Recipients