News & Events

Since it's inception in 2015, SIFP has been making news both within Princeton's campus and beyond. 

Stay up-to-date on the our latest office news on our Facebook page and check out these recent articles featuring both access and inclusion initiatives and student accomplishments at Princeton. 

Princeton celebrates the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity and programs supporting first-gen, lower-income, veteran and transfer students
April 7, 2023

"The Center brings together a nation-leading constellation of initiatives in college access and opportunity, including the Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI), the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP), the University’s Programs for Transfer, Non-Traditional and Veterans Students, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, the…

'I could not have expected this in a million years': Wake teen to open for Biden during NC visit
June 23, 2021

"A Wake County native will deliver a speech alongside Governor Cooper on Thursday during President Biden's visit to North Carolina to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations.

"When I found that and I got those details from the White House, I could not contain myself and what that meant for me," Ive said from her Durham home Wednesday.

Guttormsen records highest jump ever by Ivy League pole vaulter, eyes Olympics
Jan. 12, 2021

Sondre Guttormsen, a sophomore pole vaulter on the Princeton men’s track and field team, cleared 5.66m (18’7”) in the pole vault on Saturday in Gothenburg, Sweden, during his first competition of 2021. 

The jump was the highest ever by an Ivy League pole vaulter and set a Gothenburg stadium record. 

Guttormsen transferred to…

Senior Kiara Gilbert awarded Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK
Dec. 10, 2020

"Princeton senior Kiara “KiKi” Gilbert has been named a 2021 Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship seeks to promote strong relations between the United Kingdom and the United States by offering intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to develop their abilities as future…

High school seniors address a critical moment and build community in Princeton’s 2020 Summer Journalism Program
Aug. 21, 2020

"On any given Zoom session during the 2020 Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP), students tuned in from all across the country, some babysitting their siblings in the background, and others calling in from a train or just getting out of work.

In the past, the program hosted 40 high…

Sachs Scholarship awarded to FSI Alumna Gabriela Oseguera Serra
Jan. 13, 2020

Princeton senior Gabriela Oseguera Serra has been named a recipient of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of Princeton University’s highest awards. 

The Sachs Scholarship is intended to broaden the global experience of its recipients by providing them with the opportunity to study, work or travel abroad…

Princeton receives national award for outstanding commitments to diversity and inclusion
Oct. 15, 2019

"The HEED Award recognizes a school’s comprehensive approach to recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse range of students, faculty and staff. The award honors colleges and universities that support diversity in many forms, including gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the…

Visions for change: Sharing experiences of first-gen, low-income students
Feb. 19, 2019

"More than 300 students from 34 colleges and universities attended the fifth annual “1vyG” conference on Princeton’s campus Feb. 15-17. The event brought together first-generation college and lower-income (FLI) students at highly selective universities. Here, students pose at a photo booth with signs that say “FLI is FLY,” “Mami We Made It,”…

Princeton program is a model for helping low-income students attend college
Aug. 16, 2018

"The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) Class of 2018 celebrates their achievements at a graduation ceremony in May. The high school students will attend colleges including Barnard College, Duke University, Gettysburg College and the University of Richmond in the fall. PUPP’s mission is to help high-achieving, low-income students…

‘60 Minutes’ features Princeton’s transformative efforts to increase socioeconomic diversity
April 29, 2018

The CBS program “60 Minutes” featured several of our student scholars in April 2018, focusing on how Princeton and other colleges and universities are increasing college access and success for first-generation and low-income college students.

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Being a first-generation college student at Princeton
Jan. 22, 2018

Ana Patricia Esqueda '19 discusses being a first-generation college student at Princeton, what it means to her family and how she’s found support at the University.

“The hardest part of being first generation is that you, at least at home, don’t have anyone who is guiding you,” said Esqueda, a