First-Generation College Institute (FGCI)

The First-Generation College Institute (FGCI) is a state-wide, summer initiative at Georgia Tech designed to expand on Georgia Tech’s existing PreK-12 STEM programs to amplify the Institute’s impact by identifying, engaging, and preparing first-generation and limited income 8th-12th students for the transition from high school to college and aptitude in STEM.  

 This initiative will align with the Institute’s goal to expand access to underserved populations, which includes first-generation students. The First-Generation College Institute is supported by First-Generation Student Programs, CEISMC, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Program Goals

  • Uniting first-generation high school students around the shared identity of being a first-generation college student Preparing and empowering first-generation and limited income 8th-12th students for the transition from high school to college
  • Connecting first-generation and limited income students with programs, resources, and people that will support their success at Georgia Tech 
  • Engaging students through high-quality academic and hands-on STEM enrichment learning

Dates and Locations:

June 25th, 2022, 9:00am - 4:00pm at Georgia Tech's Atlanta Campus. To register for the Atlanta Session, click here.

July 16th, 2022, 9:00am - 4:00pm at Georgia Tech's Savannah Campus. To register for the Savannah Session, click here.


Planning Committee

Meltem Alemdar, Ph.D.


Leri Argueta

Undergraduate Admission

Sirocus Barnes


Susan Belmonte

CEISMC/Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Programs

Rayne Bozeman, Ph.D.


Francisco Castelan

Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Programs

Tim Cone


Jamie White-Jones

Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain

Mariah Liggins

Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Programs

Diamond Mayo


Analia Rao


Charmaine Troy, Ph.D.

First-Gen Student Programs

Heidi Turcotte