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Maverick's First: A Campaign to Build a Community of First-Generation Students and Scholars

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Previously the I’m First project, Maverick’s First is the first program of its kind at MSU Mankato that means to engage the 43% of students who are first generation college students. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff are organized around the effort, delivering a series of events, communications, and engagement opportunities to first-generation students across campus. Through these efforts first generation students are building relationships, connection, and persisting.

Sustaining funding for the project is helping to expand the reach of campus efforts.

Type of Grant Received through Minnesota State Innovation Funding 

Small Seed Grant – $10,000 

Sustaining Funding Grant - $10,000

Minnesota State faculty, staff, and administrators interested in applying for an innovation funding grant can visit the Innovation Funding SharePoint (log in using to find more information and applications.