Take the First Step Towards a Successful Year

The First-Gen Trailblazer Academy is a week-long practice run before classes start for first-generation college students. It will get you off to the best possible start, boost your confidence as you transition to college, and is designed to:
  • Prep you in math, writing, and effective time-management and study strategies.
  • Provide you an individual advising and degree planning session.
  • Provide you with the LNSK 103 textbook for free.
  • Help familiarize you with UNK’s campus, resources, and support staff.

Applications for Fall 2023 are now closed.


New first-year, first-generation students, who are not already part of another support program such as Thompson Scholars or Kearney Bound, are eligible to participate.


There is no cost to participate in the 5-day program. All meals and supplies for the week will be provided.


August 12-17 – You’ll move into your residence hall one week early on August 12 and participate in the program the next five days. It ends Friday morning, August 18 in time for Blue Gold Welcome Week events.

More Details About the Program

Contact Emily Bahr with any questions:
Phone: 308-865-8728
Email: bahrea@unk.edu