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first-generation college students

When Rhonda Gonzales was in college in the early '90s, the term "first-generation" wasn't part of her vocabulary. Sure, she was the first in her family to go to college and she did have a sense of discomfort on campus — not quite fitting in. But it wasn't something she advertised, or even identified with, and no one else on campus seemed to care much, either.

A Fort Worth business owner is working tirelessly to make sure her employees don’t fall over the financial edge. She makes it her mission to employ, educate, and embrace each and every one of her staff members.

Dianna Douglas

Administrators at Guyer High School in Denton County got tired of seeing immigrant kids miss out on college. The school started a new mentoring program with the University of North Texas to bring college students to campus in the hopes that college will seem a little less far away. 

Christina Ulsh

Almost 90 percent of high school students in Texas graduate from high school, although there is large variation by race, ethnicity, family income, disability, and English proficiency. At Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, 74 percent of African-American students graduate, while 80 percent of the Latino students do.

Dianna Douglas

Going off to college seems like the American dream for first-generation, low-income students. But not if they drop out with loads of debt a few years later.