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First-Generation Honors Association

The First-Generation Honors Association (FGHA) assists first-generation students in their transition to the Honors College/Academic Scholars Program and Michigan State University and fosters their continued success in college. FGHA is committed to building a sense of community among first-generation students on campus; membership is open to students not in the Honors College/Academic Scholars Program. The group consists of first-generation students and advocates (faculty/staff who strive to support first-generation students) across campus.

The association offers:

  • Unique programming tailored to needs of first-generation students
  • Academic/personal support
  • Social events and networking with students, faculty, and staff
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Connections to campus resources and opportunities

For more information on FGHA, you may:

2023-2024 E-board

President Bianca Hami,
Secretary Jeanette Dompreh,
Treasurer Kristina Drabczyk,
Community Outreach Coordinator Rhea Raut,
Mentorship Coordinator Priya Patterson Lee,
Social Events Coordinator Safa Karaein,

Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program

The Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program connects first-generation students, international students, and students of color with a peer mentor in the Michigan State University Honors College.

Through the Mentorship Program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other first-generation students at MSU
  • Participate in social & professional development activities
  • Learn from the experiences of your peers as you transition to and navigate MSU

Visit the Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program website to learn more. Please contact Erika Crews ( or Sadiq Mohammed ( with any questions.

MSU First-Generation College Celebration | November 6-10, 2023

Congratulations to the MSU students, staff, and faculty recognized during this year’s Vanderploeg First-Generation College Celebration!

2023 First-Generation Leadership and Innovation Student Awards

  • Malcom Charles, TRIO Scholar, Political Science major
  • Sophia Masters, FLI Scholar, Business major
  • Ty’Carria Trevino, Fisheries & Wildlife major

2023 First-Generation Advocate Awards:

  • Courtney Brown, Counselor and Social Worker, Counseling and Psychiatric Services
  • Erika Crews, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Honors College
  • Marlene Villa, Coordinator for First-generation Student Success, Program Coordinator for First-generation Leadership and Innovation (FLI) Vanderploeg Scholars

2023 Vanderploeg Scholar of the Year:

  • Lizzie Ochoa, FLI Scholar and Honors College member, Human Biology major

2023 First-Generation Honors Association’s First-gen Trailblazer Award

  • Destiny Kanning, Human Biology major

2023 Honors College’s Excellence in Community Leadership Awards

  • Cheyenne Marchand, Academic Scholar and Honors College member, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Genomics & Molecular Genetics majors
  • Priya Patterson-Lee, Academic Scholar and Honors College member, Drew Science Scholar, Dow STEM Scholar, Neuroscience major


Stay tuned for upcoming events hosted by FGHA and the Honors College!

Past Events

  • Meet and Eat | Tuesday, October 3 @ 7-8PM | STEM 1001
  • FGHA & HCAB Finals Destressor Night | Tuesday, April 26 @ 7-9PM | 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
  • First-Generation Celebration | Tuesday, April 12 @ 6PM | 2202 STEM
  • Open FGHA Meeting | Tuesday, March 23 @ 7PM EST | Zoom
  • Carbs, Careers, & Connections | Tuesday, March 9 @ 6PM EST | Zoom
  • First-gen Meet & Mingle | Wednesday, February 10 @ 7PM EST | Zoom
  • Scholarships 101 | Wednesday, November 18 @ 11:30AM EST | Zoom
  • College 101 Kahoot with FGHA & Honors x 2 | Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:00PM | Zoom
  • Open Meeting | Wednesday, March 25 @ 7:00-8:00PM | Zoom
  • Finances 101 | Tuesday, March 17 @ 6:30-8:00PM | Zoom
  • End-of-Semester Celebration/Finals Study Break| Wednesday, December 4 @ 6:00-8:00PM | Bessey Hall 106
  • National First-generation College Celebration | Friday, November 8 @ 9:00-11:00AM | Erickson 226/228
  • Meet the E-board | Sunday, November 3 @ 6:00-8:00PM | 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
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