Thanks to the generosity of Chattanoogans, a group of local students will be the first in their family to attend college.
Thursday the second annual dinner of Firsts was held at the Chattanoogan.
The event honored Grady Williams, a local accountant, volunteer, and first in his family to attend college.
The event helps to raise money to assist first generation college students in the area.
Chattanooga State sophomore Ally Burchfield was among those recognized.
Grady Williams, honoree, "I believe there are between 4 and 5 thousand people who go to Chattanooga State that are first in the family. That's just unbelievable to me. I thought we were further along than that."
Ally Burchfield, Chattanooga State sophomore, "Everybody tells me congratulations or we're so proud of you. That means a lot. It gives me that extra motivation to keep everything going good at school."