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Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program

The First Generation Scholarship Program provides financial and academic assistance to high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential, and whose parents did not graduate from a post-secondary institution.

Recipients receive yearly awards of one-half the total cost of tuition and room and board. Since a large percentage of our alumni stay in the Rochester area, such a program serves to reinforce Fisher's commitment to the greater Rochester community.

Scholarship Deadlines

  • Preferred Deadline: December 15
  • Final Deadline: January 15

Application Process

Note: You must apply to the University before applying to the First Generation Scholarship!

Please refer to the First Generation Scholarship Application Instructions page for important information before beginning the application process.

Candidates will be selected as finalists on the basis of academic success, motivation, leadership, and volunteerism and notified no later than March 1.

Scholarship Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Have demonstrated a high degree of motivation and academic success throughout high school
  • Be first generation college students (parents did not graduate from a two- or four-year college)
  • Be high school seniors planning to attend Fisher in the following fall semester
  • Have demonstrated commitment to leadership and/or community engagement through service activities such as school, neighborhood, non-profit agencies, and places of worship

Regular admission standards typically include a high school GPA of B/B+ and a strong high school curriculum.

Students applying for HEOP are not eligible for the First Generation Scholarship.

Program Requirements

In order to retain their awards while engaged in full-time study as matriculated students, First Generation students are required to:

  • Complete the two-course learning community during the fall semester of their first-year: Leadership Through Self-Development and Principles of Ethical Leadership
  • Complete the Community Engagement Workshop series during the first year of enrollment that offers comprehensive skills and learning to prepare for structured volunteerism
  • Complete all successive service learning seminars the Program offers
  • As a Sophomore, Junior and Senior, each Scholar will complete at least 60 hours of community service during each year of enrollment at the University (30 hours each semester)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of degree requirements

Benefits of the First Generation Program

The first-year program of coursework and advising at Fisher is ideally suited to meet the needs of first generation students. Fisher offers students access to an outstanding faculty who can enable students to discover their natural abilities and to develop their minds.

First Generation Scholarship recipients participate in a Learning Community designed to assist them in making a successful transition to a college environment.

Giving Back to the Rochester Community

First Generation Scholars participate in community engagement in the Rochester community. This program allows them to mentor younger students in ways that encourage their interest in and pursuit of a college education and their potential as leaders.