Bucks Celebrates National First-Generation College Student Day

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

First-Generation College Student Panel

This week Bucks County Community College celebrates National First-Generation College Student Day. 

Almost half of students at Bucks are the first in their family to attend college, facing numerous challenges in their academic and social journey. Bucks is committed to providing these pioneers with the support they need to succeed.

The personal stories of grit and determination of these students touched Bucks supporters Gene and Marlene Epstein, who have generously pledged a $10,000 challenge match for the “First in My Family” campaign. The Epstein’s will match all contributions raised between now and November 30.

“The more funds we can raise, the more lives we can change,” cheers Gene Epstein, a long-time supporter of Bucks, founder of the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, and for whom the Lower Bucks campus in Bristol has been named. 

The "First in My Family" campaign is about celebrating our high-achieving, first-generation students, and supporting them with opportunities and resources so they can succeed at being the first in their family to earn a college degree.

Please help us reach our goal of $30,000 for first-generation scholars with your gift today!

“We are deeply grateful for the support of the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund and for their belief in Bucks students,” stated Christina McGinley, Executive Director of the Foundation and Alumni Relations.

Join the “First in My Family” campaign and meet Gene and Marlene Epstein’s match challenge, and make your gift go twice as far for Bucks’ first-gen families! For more information, contact Christine Harvie, Coordinator of the Annual Fund, at, (215) 968-8461.

Bucks County Community College provides a diverse community of learners with exemplary, accessible educational opportunities and the personal connections that foster success. The BCCC Foundation is a nonprofit public charity; its tax identification number is 22-2456105. A copy of the official registration and financial information for the BCCC Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.

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