First Generation Fund
If you are the first of your family to go to university, a so-called "first-generation student," you usually find it harder to find your way there. Charisma Hehakaya also experienced this when she was a student. Now that she is obtaining her doctorate, she would like to give 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 also desperately needed. Because only with your support the ambitious goal of €100,000 can be realized.
Utrecht University has a focus on first-generation students. The First-Generation Fund wants to give them extra support so that they too can feel at home and safe within Utrecht's academic community. This is done not only by providing grants, but also by offering mentorship and sharing stories. Help and donate now!
The Volkskrant published an article about this fund on 22 November 2021.
Charisma Hehakaya, a first-generation (PhD) 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 completed a bachelor and master Science, Business & Innovation and master Business Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the master Clinical Epidemiology at Utrecht University. Since September 2018, she has been working on her PhD at Division of Imaging & Oncology at UMC Utrecht.
Interested in the lessons she learned from her experience? Read it here:
Lessons for students: How to thrive at university when you are the first in the family going to university
Lessons for universities: How to champion first-generation students at university
Would you like to know more about the challenges that first-generation students can face during their studies? Below you will find a number of interesting articles (in Dutch) on this topic.