COVID-19 Modified Operations

The I Am First Office will be operating remotely for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. We will be happy to work with you virtually to support your needs Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For assistance please contact our staff using the information found on our Meet Our Staff webpage.

Who is a first-generation student?

At UVU, a student is first-generation if neither parent/guardian has completed a U.S. bachelor's degree. These students are still considered first-generation even if a sibling or other family member has already completed a four-year college degree.

First-generation students (FGS) are pioneers in their families, often deciding to go to college at great personal and familial sacrifice. FGS come from every ethnic, racial, and religious background, and contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive UVU campus. The number of FGS attending UVU increases every year, and UVU is proud to welcome these students who wish to follow their dreams and receive a quality university education.

First Foward Advisory Institution: Center for First-Generation Student Success

The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, has recently recognized Utah Valley University as a First-Gen Forward Adivsory Institution. The First-Gen Forward Advisory designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated leadership in their commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. UVU’s I Am First program is very proud to be named as an advisory institution for First-Gen Forward!

You're not alone

Completing a college degree program can be difficult, and even more so if you are trying to do it alone. I Am First connects you with a community of like-minded friends, mentors, and crucial campus resources to help you graduate.

All first-generation students at UVU are automatically a part of I Am First.

Get Involved

  • Summer Programs
  • Events
  • Leadership Program
  • Alternative Break trips

Mentor Program

Connects first-generation students with staff and faculty mentors who offer academic, professional, and personal support.

Learning Lunches

Share a free meal with a staff or faculty member and ask questions about majors and careers, get to know professors, and meet other students.


Apply for tuition scholarships to receive financial support while at UVU.

FGS Spotlight

Portrait of FGS Spotlight Tom Boam

Thomas Boam


Major: Aviation Science


I grew up in Layton Utah watching the planes from Hill Air Force Base and Salt Lake International. The youngest of two parents with three brothers and three sisters. I graduated with honors from Layton High School, received Honors Society recognition, and completed an internship. I am the fifth sibling to be graduating with a bachelor’s degree, and started attending UVU spring semester of 2017 after serving a church service mission in Slovakia. I enjoy riding motorcycles, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, repelling and just about everything else outdoors. I plan to utilize the skills and knowledge I acquire at UVU to become an airline pilot. I hope to inspire others that are paving their own path and navigating the challenges of higher education, that it is possible and that there is support at UVU for you.

View FGS archive.

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Phone: 801-863-5755

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Room: LC 412

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