The University of Iowa

1stGen@Iowa Awards - Student Achievement

First-Generation Student Achievement Award - Nomination Process

Award Description

The First-Generation Student Achievement Award, given annually by the UI First-Generation Task Force, honors one first-generation undergraduate student and one first-generation graduate or professional student who has pursued and met ambitious educational goals and demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.  Recipients of the award will be honored in November during the National First-Generation College Celebration.

Nomination Instructions

First-Generation Definition:

At the University of Iowa, first-generation students are those students who do not have a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who completed a four-year degree.  

Eligibility for Award:

  • All current UI first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and professional students
  • Two awards will be given - one to a UI undergraduate student and one to a UI graduate or professional student 

Who May Nominate:

  • Any UI student or faculty or staff member may make a nomination. 


  • Nominations must be submitted by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Nomination Materials:

To nominate a student for this award, submit each of the following materials.

  1. Nomination Form: The nominator should complete the online nomination form that addresses the following questions (2,000 character limit per question):
    • What ambitious educational goals has the nominee pursued and how did they meet these goals?
    • How has the nominee demonstrated commitment to academic excellence in all of their educational endeavors?
    • In what ways has the nominee created pathways for or inspired other students to also excel in their academics?
  2. Letter of Support: Submit one letter of support from either a faculty or staff member (who is someone other than the nominator) that also specifically addresses each of the three questions listed above. The letter of support is limited to two pages; no more than one letter will be accepted.  

Selection Process:

A committee of three persons composed of members of the UI First-Generation Task Force will review the nominations according to the criteria outlined in the nominating materials (above).


  • Nomination Form Opens: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Nominations Due: Friday, October 9, 2020  at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners notified in October 2020 and awards presented in November 2020


Please contact Angie Lamb ( with questions.