Experiences of undergraduate scholars in the UA Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program

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dc.contributor Bray, Nathaniel
dc.contributor Harris, Michael
dc.contributor King, Margaret
dc.contributor Sherman, Wahnee
dc.contributor.advisor Holley, Karri
dc.contributor.author Lamon, Brandi Lashae
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:38:07Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:38:07Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000517
dc.identifier.other Lamon_alatus_0004D_10552
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1022
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the experiences of first-generation students participating in the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCS) Program at The University of Alabama, a four-year public institution. The CCS Program was funded by a $1M gift from the Coca-Cola Foundation in 2006. The Program provided $5,000 annual renewable scholarships to 48 students (Scholars) who are Alabama residents and the first in their families to attend college. A descriptive case study design was selected because it allowed for the most comprehensive investigation of a single site program and it solicited an in-depth understanding of the experiences of the students who benefited from participation in the CCS Program. The data analysis for this qualitative study included one-on-one interviews with 19 Scholars as well as four administrators affiliated with the Program. This study used student persistence models and retention research as a conceptual framework to gather qualitative descriptive accounts of the impact of social integration, academic integration, and financial support among the first-generation students participating in the CCS Program at The University of Alabama. The following research questions examined the experiences among the recipients and guided this dissertation: 1. What role does academic integration play in the first-generation student experience? 2. What role does social integration play in the first-generation student experience? 3. What role does financial support play in the first-generation student experience? 4. What is the impact of the CCS program on first-generation student retention? The implications of practice, in addition to the results of this study, support the argument for continued research and analysis that will further examine the unique needs of first-generation students. There were four main elements of the CCS Program that supported the retention of the Scholars. First and foremost was financial support, followed by mentoring and the shared experiences of Alabama Action and BCE 101.
dc.format.extent 194 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Higher Education
dc.title Experiences of undergraduate scholars in the UA Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Higher Education Administration
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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