First Generation Fund

If you have no one around you who has attended university earlier, you can often have more questions about how studying works and experience some challenges. As a so-called 'first-generation student', assistant professor Charisma Hehakaya also experienced this when she was a student. Charisma would like to give her knowledge, experience and financial support to these students. She has taken the initiative to establish the First-Generation Fund together with the Utrecht University Fund.

In order to set up a sustainable fund with which to provide subsidies from the returns, your support is very welcome.

The First-Generation Fund aims to provide financial support to first-generation students. 

Charisma and the First-Generation Fund appeared in social media:


Algemeen Dagblad


Nature Human Behaviour


Charisma Hehakaya, a former first-generation student, took the initiative to establish the First-Generation Fund after her last master graduation. She has also experienced challenges during her studies. Charisma wants to give back knowledge, experience and financial support to other and future first-generation students at Utrecht University.

Charisma obtained her PhD in the implementation of complex medical technology at Utrecht University. Charisma currently works as an assistant professor in the Julius Centrum at UMC Utrecht. 

Interested in the lessons she learned from her experience? Read it here:

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Charisma's motivation for the First Generation Fund in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad