First Generation FilmsThe Scholar



Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, FIRST GENERATION tells the story of four high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers - who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation�s top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), this 95 minute documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

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An unscripted television drama executive produced by Steve Martin, The Scholar aired on ABC in the summer of 2005 and gave 10 high-achieving yet economically disadvantaged high school seniors the chance to compete for a four-year full ride scholarship to the college of their choice. Students received over $500K in college scholarships through the generous support of the Eli Broad Foundation and Wal-Mart.