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First Generation Students

Congratulations on taking this journey!

STRIVE

You have the potential. We have the resources. 

At St. Lawrence College, we are committed to our vision of Students First. We understand that each individual has unique needs and you may have potential barriers keeping you from pursuing post-secondary education. The STRIVE program works in three areas to support students pursing post-secondary education: Outreach, Transition and Retention.

Through a new funding initiative, we are enhancing our outreach services to make college a viable option for individuals who may not have considered post-secondary education. If you are a student who identifies with having barriers to achieving success, the STRIVE program is here for YOU!

What we currently offer on campus to support our students:

  • Assistance in accessing and connecting to college services and resources
  • A safe environment to discuss issues important to students
  • Support with the transition to college life
  • One-on-one academic and career advisement
  • And much more!

STRIVE Team

The STRIVE team at St. Lawrence College includes alumni, faculty, even some who would have identified as STRIVE students themselves, who all share a passion to help you succeed! Our role is to support you in anything you need while a student at St. Lawrence. Get to know about your team below, and we hope to see you this year.

If you aren't sure who to contact, please email strive@sl.on.ca

Jeremy Mastin
Role: Access & Inclusion Coordinator

Phone: 613.544.5400, ext. 1590
Email: jmastin@sl.on.ca
Room: located in Student Services

Kyle Christiansen
Role: Student Engagement & Experience Coordinator

Phone: 613.544.5400, ext. 1930
Email: KChristiansen@sl.on.ca
Room: located in Student Services

Stephanie McQuaid
Role: Student Success Facilitator

Phone: 613.345.0660, ext. 3321
Email: smcquaid@sl.on.ca
Room: 282b

Robert Pearson
Role: Student Success Facilitator

phone: 613.933.6080, ext. 2310
Email: rpearson@sl.on.ca
Room: M1320

Shirley Chaisson
Role: Access & Inclusion Advisor

phone: 613.933.6080, ext. 2365
Email: SChaisson@sl.on.ca
Room: A103

STRIVE Services

How do I get support? Workshops!

We have a huge variety of workshops, some but not all are listed below. They are completely free, informal and offered numerous times throughout the semester. Here are some potential workshop topics - watch your email for details on the next offering

  • Budgeting
  • Concentration & Memory Tips
  • Creating Presentations
  • Note Taking
  • Presentation Skills/Dress for Success
  • Procrastination/Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Study Skills/Test Taking
  • Textbook Reading Strategies

Support Services

Indigenous Supports are available to all Indigenous students (proof of status not required) including connecting with community resources, assisting with band funding, and much more!

Student Wellness & Accessibility provides short-term counselling, academic accommodations and other supports for students who identify as struggling with personal issues and/or as a student with a learning, physical or mental health disability.

Student Success Facilitators provide support and resources to help you achieve your academic and personal goals. These include adjusting to College life, finding College resources, obtaining a peer tutor, understanding how to develop the academic skills you will need, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

A STRIVE student means you may have had to overcome some challenges or barriers in order to start your journey at SLC and you may need some extra support or guidance to achieve success while at college.

No documentation required! This is a self-identification program.

Lots of reasons!

  • Fun social events - we get together as a group and have lunches, contents, and most important fun!
  • We understand your unique needs as being part of the First Generation community
  • SWAG - show your SLC spirit with some great items sporting our college!

It's Easy!
There are a few different ways

  1. Email strive@sl.on.ca and let us know you're a STRIVE student
  2. Visit a STRIVE team member on your prospective campus

Yes! We have events throughout the school year! Lunches, games, contests, workshops, social gatherings and more!

We offer one-on-one support to:

  • Review study/class skills
  • Life skills
  • Set goals
  • Create career/program path
  • And more!

We can also connect you with other services:

This is always a tricky question! We can come up with a plan, make sure you’re on the correct path, course, and to have supports in place for you to succeed. We will also set goals, not only the final goal, but also all the smaller goals which help you achieve the final goal. Connect with us!

Connect with us and we will fill you in!

STRIVE Team
Email: strive@sl.on.ca

First Generation Bursary

What is it?

  • The Ontario First Generation Bursary is for post-secondary students whose parents have never attended post-secondary studies.
  • It’s for students with financial need attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario only.
  • This is an application-based bursary. You must complete the application fully and meet the eligibility requirements to be considered.
  • In 2019/20, we had over 240 completed and eligible bursary applications with 34 recipients receiving $1,000 each!

The First Generation Bursary is NOW CLOSED for the 2019-20 academic year.

Watch for the 2020-21 First Generation Bursary in Winter 2021

Who is a First Generation Student?
Neither of your parent(s)/guardian(s) attended post-secondary studies in any country. (siblings may have attended/be attending)
Not sure if you fit the criteria? Email us at directly at firstgeneration@sl.on.ca to clarify any questions you may have.

Bursary Application Tips

  • Make sure you fit the eligibility criteria above before filling out the application.
  • Fill out the application fully, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Answer and complete the application questions to the best of your ability before you start the application - these are the main consideration when recipients are being selected.
  • The First Generation Bursary is a different application than the bursaries you can apply for through the SLC Bursaries and Scholarships department.
  • Email firstgeneration@sl.on.ca with any questions or stop by and see a member of your First Gen Team.

The STRIVE team at St. Lawrence College is here to support you through the initial transition to College all the way to graduation! We are a mix of First Generation and non-First Generation staff with a wide variety of expertise to help you navigate and succeed at SLC.

Well it is very simple! We are a self-identification program and there are a few ways to let us know!

When you applied at OntarioColleges.ca, you may have checked yes to say you are a First Generation Student. If not or can't remember, email us at strive@sl.on.ca and we'll make sure you're on our list!

If you are a St. Lawrence College full-time or part-time student whose parents or guardians did not attend college, university, or an apprenticeship program, you are part of our First Generation Student communities. Any siblings may have attended/be attending a post-secondary education program.

First Generation services has now expanded to serve a more diverse student population! We will still continue to serve First Generation students but with a larger focus on all individuals needing extra support to succeed at college. SLC’s FG program is now STRIVE. Check out our STRIVE page to see if you would benefit from our new program!

Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) are individuals who are legally responsible for the care of the student.

Absolutely! Being First Generation is solely based on your parent/guardian attendance to post-secondary.

It's Easy!
There are a few different ways

  1. When you applied, you checked off First Generation Student on your Ontario Colleges application
  2. Email strive@sl.on.ca and let us know you're a First Generation Student

Questions?