We have built a supportive community for Amherst College first-generation and/or low-income (including international, undocumented and DACA, and transfer) students, particularly as it relates to post-graduation planning. By creating an affirming space where students can access and capitalize on the College’s resources, acquire and integrate transferable skills first-generation and/or low income students are better prepared for professional engagement. All of this is possible because of peer-to-peer support, knowledge-sharing, captivating programs, partnerships with other College departments, and through the generous support of an alum from the Class of `66.
As a Meiklejohn Fellow
As a Meiklejohn Fellow, you are guaranteed financial and professional development support for a summer opportunity (internship, research or other eligible experience) during your first or second summer at Amherst.
President Alexander Meiklejohn
Alexander Meiklejohn, who was from a long line of textile workers and immigrated to America as a young boy, was likely the first in his family to graduate from college. He was able to attend Brown University only after relatives collectively paid the tuition.
The Loeb Career Center for Exploration and Planning has an interview and professional development clothing closet for students to look their best for interviews, career events, conferences, and the workplace.
Accessing Your Meiklejohn Fellowship Stipend
For Current Meiklejohn Fellows, please read how to access your Meiklejohn Fellowship Stipend.
First-generation college students are learners from households where neither parent (or guardian) has obtained a Bachelor’s degree. In other words, they are the first ones in their immediate family to attend college.
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