February 26, 2012
To Guide First-Generation Students, U. of Nebraska Reaches Into High Schools
Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle
As an eighth grader in Grand Island, Neb., Abel Covarrubias dreamed of attending the University of Nebraska's flagship campus, in Lincoln. It was only about 100 miles away, but he had no sense of how to get there.
His family had immigrated from Mexico, where his parents hadn't finished high school. His older brother, Julio, had planned to go to college but died in a car accident a week before his high-school graduation. Applying to college seemed like a daunting,