Advancing Equal Opportunity for Success
The goal of the Meiklejohn Fellows Program is to advance equal opportunity for success by providing robust resources and support to Amherst College students from families with low incomes, and to those who are the first in their families to attend college. All students are admitted to Amherst on the basis of a record of stellar academic and personal achievement. The college recognizes that students who have grown up facing financial hardship, and those from families without firsthand experience of college, often achieve this exceptional level of success in the face of significant societal obstacles. Amherst is also aware that students with these backgrounds typically have not benefited from the social capital and resources that advantage students from more privileged circumstances.
Who is Eligible to be a Meiklejohn Fellow?
All Amherst students who meet family-income eligibility requirements and/or are the first in their families to attend college are named Meiklejohn Fellows in their first year at the College. Fellows retain this distinction during their entire time at Amherst. All Meiklejohn Fellows are the first in their families to attend college and/or come from low-income backgrounds.