Applying as a First Generation College Student
(LEAD Scholars Program)

Urban Education Students

Are you the first person in your family to go to college? We call this being a "first-generation" college student.

The LEAD Scholars Program, formerly known as the Urban Education Program, provides first-generation students from diverse educational, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds with a unique admission opportunity based on their potential to succeed at the university level. If you have the desire to achieve personal, academic, and professional success, this program is designed for you.

Students accepted into this program receive intensive support, advising, and encouragement from our dedicated team.

Learn more about the LEAD Scholars Program

Did you know?

Westfield State University has the distinction of being the first chapter in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Alpha Alpha Alpha, the honor society for first generation college students.

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Admissions Process for the LEAD Scholars Program

  1. Complete the regular Freshman application and submit all required documents.
  2. Interview with LEAD Scholars Program staff.
  3. Provide 2 letters of recommendation from educators (teachers, advisors, guidance counselors, etc.).
  4. Receive final approval from the Program Director

After acceptance into Westfield and the LEAD Scholars Program

First-year (freshman) students are accepted to the University on a conditional basis and must successfully complete the 5-week Summer Bridge Program and New Student Orientation before starting as a Westfield student.

The LEAD Scholars Program, formerly known as the Urban Education Program, helps you move forward and push yourself more. It’s made me realize the impact that I want to have on society.

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LEAD Scholars Program
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