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A scholarship for first-grade students and the teachers, parents, and guardians who love them.

An Important Note from The First Fund
As of October 1, 2016, we have granted fourteen $1,000 scholarships. To ensure our scholars have the best chance to succeed, we are putting our operations into Harvest Mode, using our limited resources to help our initial scholars reach their dreams before adding more. We are excited to focus our efforts, and we thank you for all of your help getting us to this point.


A scholarship for first-grade students and the teachers, parents, and guardians who love them.

What We Do 

Why We Do It

We believe that a little legwork and collective know-how go a long way, so we help first-grade students and their parents or guardians to establish, seed, and grow their own post-secondary savings plans.

The process is simple: First-grade teachers nominate one or more of their deserving-but-underserved students for The First Fund scholarship. From there, members of The First Fund select a student from the nominations, based on pre-established criterion.

Upon awarding the scholarship, The First Fund creates a 529 savings plan in the student’s name and makes an initial capital investment of $1,000 to the plan. From there, The First Fund provides the parents or guardians of the student with continuing education regarding strategies for savings and investments—all with the hope of accelerating the savings plan’s growth and maturity.

“I am excited at the thought of my students having an early step into financial planning and a pathway to a better future.”

—Nancy Troyer, First-Grade Teacher, Osolo Elementary School

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