First-Generation Trailblazer Program

Trailblazer Program

Find Your First-Generation Community in the Trailblazer Faculty/Staff Mentor Program

The Trailblazer Mentoring Program matches first-generation students with faculty and staff who have successfully navigated the university experience and have specialized knowledge and connections at Sam Houston State University. Participating in the Trailblazer Program will afford you the opportunity to learn from your mentor’s leadership and benefit from the support of our First-Generation Center.

Students who participate in program events and meetings collect points toward earning free merchandise and ultimately a free First-Generation Graduation Stole.

First-Generation Students Faculty/Staff Mentors

Student Trailblazer Benefits

  • Gain an insider’s perspective on how the university works.
  • Guidance on setting and reaching college and career goals.
  • Connections to relevant services, resources, people to grow your personal and professional network.
  • Access to inclusive First-Gen Center student study and meeting space in the Newton Gresham Library.
  • Invitations to first-generation student events and celebrations.
  • Career Exploration Workshops.
  • First-generation student scholarship opportunities

Student Trailblazer Application

Faculty/Staff Mentor Benefits

  • Establish a mutually enjoyable professional relationship to navigate and optimize the college experience.
  • Encourage focus on establishing short and long-term goals.
  • Support building a network of professional resources and support.
  • Access to inclusive First-Gen Center for meeting and event space.
  • Invitations to First-Generation Center sponsored events.
  • Annual Trailblazer mentor professional development 
  • Contribution to first-gen student success and degree completion

Faculty/Staff Mentor Application