The HFA Opportunity Scholars program is a multi-year college readiness and success program that promotes personal and collective empowerment, scholarship, leadership, community engagement, and connection between UMass students and alumni and community cultural centers. First-year students participating in the program are a part of a cohort of historically underrepresented and/or first-generation students who take a seminar together in their first semester. Students who successfully complete this class with a grade point average of 3.00 or better will receive a textbook stipend for the following semester.
A Year of Connection and Support
Historically, HFA Opportunity Scholars have taken a First-Year Seminar class together and created and completed a community service initiative—all during their first semester at UMass. The college will host a variety of real talk, peer-mentoring sessions, facilitate fine arts cultural trips, host an alumni connections event in the greater Boston area, and lead students through their first research presentations to audiences outside of UMass.
As all of these students are in their first year of study, this important phase of the program heavily emphasizes self-actualization and empowerment; building a strong sense of community among the students; mentoring; and early access to research opportunities.
If you are an incoming first generation student or are a member of an historically underrepresented population and are interested in joining the HFA Opportunity Scholars, please contact the HFA Advising and Career Center at advising [at] hfa [dot] umass [dot] edu (advising[at]hfa[dot]umass[dot]edu).