Legacy Scholars Program

Legacy Scholars Outside on a Civic Engagement Trip

The Legacy Scholars Program focuses on the social and academic integration of first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students. This program provides student cohorts with academic support, scholarship enrichment, faculty to peer mentorship, scholastic and professional preparation. The Legacy Scholars Program is a collaboration between the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center and the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement.

Program Outcomes

Legacy Scholars Program Outcomes and Goals

  • Promote diversity and inclusion
  • Promote academic integration
  • Facilitate social integration
  • Bridge family and community integration
  • Meet aspirational retention goals for first-year students 84%/72%/67%
  • Help students achieve prestigious outcomes post-graduation
  • Promote financial literacy and forecast planning  

Participation in the program provides the following:

  • Book Assistance $500 per semester
  • Pairing with faculty mentorship
  • Four credit hours towards graduation  
  • Graduate school and professional preparation


This program will be selecting 15 students for the academic year 2017–2018. These students will be part of the program during their time at Westminster.


  1. You must be a first-generation college student (neither one of your parents received a bachelor’s degree from an institution in the United States), 
  2. You must meet one of the following demographics: traditionally underrepresented (African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander), student with disabilities, or low income. 
  3. You must be able to participate in the Legacy Summer Bridge program from August 10th – 17th. (For more information about the Legacy Summer Bridge please contact Daniel K. Cairo).

To apply to this program, please complete the essay and pre-college questioner below. Please email completed documents to dcairo@westminstercollege.edu. Applications open on June 1, 2017, and will close when all spots are completed.