Scholarship Details

Rise Up First Generation Student Scholarship

Application Deadline:



First in your family to attend college


No one in your family got to go to college until you. We created our $5,000 Rise Up First Generation Scholarship to recognize students like you who will inspire generations to come.

To apply for this scholarship, first create a Course Hero account, then write a 500-word essay. The topic: examine a difficult decision made by a character from a movie or a book, and explain why you agree or disagree with it.

If your essay and application give you the winning edge, we’ll email you by July 03, 2020 11:59 PM CDT to let you know. The scholarship money will then be sent directly to your school and applied to your tuition.


Are the first in your family to attend college
Currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate or graduate college or university, as listed with the U.S. Department of Education website
Are at least 16 years old
Have at least a 3.0 GPA

Terms of Award:

One or more judges from Course Hero will read all the eligible contest entries and select the scholarship award recipients. The judge(s) shall base their decision on your sincerity, creativity, thoughtfulness, and factual credibility, as well as your response to the following essay question: "Pick a movie or book where the lead character has to make a difficult decision. What about their decision was difficult? Why do you agree or disagree with the decision they made?"
Odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of your response, as determined by the judge(s)

Please Submit:

Copy of your school or state photo ID (we use this only to verify your identity so we can award you the scholarship)
Your year in school (please indicate if high school or college)
The university/college you’re currently attending or planning to attend. If you don't yet know where you’ll be going, we'll hold on to this scholarship until you’re officially accepted. Please send us a copy of your acceptance letter once you’ve received one
Your student ID number (please indicate if this is a high school or college ID number)
A high-def photo (we may use your photo and bio to feature you on our website and social media platforms)
Short bio (2-5 sentences), including your hometown, school, major (if you have one), and plans for the future. (What would you like people to know about you?)
Your mailing address and T-shirt size (for some Course Hero swag!)
Are you interested in being featured in a blog post? Yes/No
GPA verification: - If you’re not currently enrolled in a university, please provide us with the email contact information of your high school counselor, plus your written consent that we have your permission to contact them to verify your GPA
Read and sign the "Affidavit" attached to this email. (Please note, if you’re under 16 years old, you’ll need a parent/guardian to sign.)

Online Application: