Join First Generation Harvard Alumni in 2016-2017!

"First Generation" is a group of Harvard alumni who are the first members of their families to attend college and who seek to support current first-generation students. Our mission is to make Harvard a better place for current first-generation students and help them to navigate Harvard successfully. We achieve this goal through mentoring, advocacy and providing networking opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, first-generation students make up a substantial portion (up to 18%) of today’s undergraduate student body.



Every summer, first-generation students may request a mentor for their freshman year.  First Generation Alumni are matched with students based on interest, location, background and other characteristics.  Mentors and students determine how and when they will meet or chat throughout the year and the time commitment is usually less than two hours per month. In 2015-16, the fifth year of this program,117 mentors were matched with 134 first-generation students.  Apply to participate in the 2016-17 program by July 25, 2016.



Throughout the year, and especially from January through March, students seek career advice.  In 2015 and 2016, FGHA hosted well-attended panel discussions at Harvard FGHA alumni through the Office of Career Services. If you would like to serve on a panel, have time to review a few resumes or offer informational interviews, please let us know. Networking also takes place informally at social events in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.



From time to time, First Generation Alumni voices help current students bring the administration’s attention to their needs.  Advocates of first-generation students also participate in gatherings on to welcome students, at Parents’ Weekend, with Admissions and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative in April, and at ad hoc dinners during each semester.


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My name is Frank ludiciani, and I was born on January 9th, 1962 of Italian immigrant parents.  Both of them were quite intelligent, but to their disadvantage, a private education was a luxury during their upbringings, and a public school system was non-existent.  Their educations did not exceed our U.S. equivalent of grammar school education, so they resigned themselves to work on their respective family farms. During World War II, my mother’s home was occupied by Nazi soldiers and officers, who frequently used the threat of execution to control her household.  My father, a soldier in the Italian army, was a two-year prisoner of war at the Nazi hard labor camp in Dortmund, Germany, where he claimed that the living envied the dead. [Click Here To Read More About Frank]

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