The First Tide Scholars Program is a professional development initiative designed to improve the career outcomes of first generation freshmen and transfer students at The University of Alabama. Created with the intent to provide this student population with a career ready competitive advantage, students will be afforded the opportunity to:

  • Engage with UA Career Center staff, campus partners, and employment recruiters
  • Become introduced to professional development resources on UA campus
  • Receive career advising and coaching based on participant professional aspirations
  • Establish a foundational social and professional network
  • Build valued skills that can be leveraged for internship and job opportunities

Participants follow a curriculum emphasizing transferable skills that can be utilized regardless of their academic major. As a result, the program seeks to provide guidance and support which will enhance their value to potential employers.

What is a First Generation Student?

Students who identify as having no parent(s) or guardian(s) earning a 4 year degree.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the First Tide Scholars Program is to enhance the professional acumen and career outcomes of first generation college students through the distribution of creative, developmental content and delivery of career related services with an emphasis on creating a workforce preparation competitive advantage.

Vision Statement

The First Tide Scholars Program will be recognized as the preeminent career development resource for first generation college students attending The University of Alabama by fostering a sense of community among participants, instituting strategies supporting professionalism, and encouraging a supportive, retention-focused environment.

Program Structure

Monthly workshops (August-April) will be held to administer informative, enriching content to the program participants. Workshop presentations and activities will derive from the curriculum pillars listed below.

 Curriculum Pillars

  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Career Management
  • Digital Technology
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism & Work Ethic
  • Global & Intercultural Fluency
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Campus Partners

  • UA Career Center
  • Division of Student Life
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Student Involvement
  • Blackburn Institute

How to Participate

For more details, please feel free to contact