Senators Reverend Warnock, Marshall Introduce Bipartisan Resolution, Announce Nov. 8th as National First-Generation College Celebration Day

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Roger Marshall, M.D (R-KS) announced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate Monday, November 8th as “National First-Generation College Celebration Day.” Today is recognized as the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which was signed into law 56 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson. U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (D, WI-04) and Mike Simpson (R, ID-02) introduced companion legislation in the House.

“As a first-generation college graduate, I know I would not have been able to open all the doors Morehouse College provided for me if it were not for the Higher Education Act of 1965,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “College education is a gateway to a brighter life, and I am proud to partner with Senator Marshall, as well as Representatives Moore and Simpson, in spearheading this bipartisan effort to recognize National First-Generation College Celebration Day—and this is just the start. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make it easier for more students to achieve their higher education dreams.”

“As a first generation college kid myself, I understand the challenge of trying to balance the demands of academic life with working a full-time job,” said Senator Marshall. “Today’s students dealing with the same obstacles have a special place in my heart, and I’m honored to highlight their hard work and dedication on National First Generation College Celebration Day.”

The Higher Education Act of 1965 focused on increasing postsecondary access and success for students particularly low-income and first-generation students. The law permitted the creation of the Federal TRIO Programs, implemented to award funds to provide opportunities for academic developments.

The Federal TRIO Programs (“TRIO”) are a set of educational opportunity programs that enable students from low- income backgrounds to become the first members of their families to earn college degrees. Currently serving more than 800,000 students from middle school through adult education, TRIO provides academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary to promote college access, retention, and graduation. Since its inception, TRIO has helped more than 5 million Americans earn college degrees.

View full text of the Senate Resolution and 18 bipartisan co-sponsors HERE.