The River Hawk Scholars Academy (RHSA) promotes academic success and fosters active campus engagement for full-time, first-year UMass Lowell students who identify as first-generation college students.
We provide holistic support, academic resources, and meaningful activities to RHSA students as they transition from high school to a diverse college campus and as they learn what it means to be a college student.
RHSA students will experience intellectual and personal growth as they become empowered to advocate for themselves and better prepared to take advantage of the many opportunities our university has to offer. This program is run through the Office of the Provost and is the proud recipient of UMass Lowell's Pillars of Excellence Distinguished Award.
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First-Gen Forward is the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success. As a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution, UMass Lowell is proud to be part of a community of professionals that share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the country.
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Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities across the United States dedicated to advancing the public purposes of over 1,000 colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. The River Hawk Scholars Academy is proud to host a Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member for the 2nd year in a row.
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