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Service Scholars Program

The Service Scholars Program allows students to continue their involvement in the community throughout college.

The scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who exhibit outstanding commitment to community and the greater good through activities in non-profit agencies, their schools, places of worship, and in their communities. Recipients receive yearly awards of one-half the total cost of tuition and room and board.

Scholarship Deadlines

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

Application Process

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

Please refer to the Service Scholars Application Instructions page for important information before beginning the application process.

Recipients of this scholarship will be notified no later than March 1.

Scholarship Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Have performed community service throughout the four years of high school in their community, school, or church
  • Be high school seniors planning to attend Fisher in the following fall semester

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 Service Scholarship.

The Service Scholars Program is an opportunity to provide meaningful community engagement in the Rochester community in partnership with community based, non-profit organizations. Fisher works closely with community partners with the understanding that no single organization or individual can solve complex social problems alone, but through collaboration, collective impact can be realized.

The Service Scholars Program is an opportunity to make a difference both in the Rochester community and with the Fisher Family, while making memories that will last a lifetime.

The Service Scholars Program is an opportunity to make a difference both in the Rochester community and with the Fisher Family, while making memories that will last a lifetime.

Program Requirements

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

  • Fulfill a commitment to community service hours as indicated in the Service Scholars' handbook
  • Participate in a two-course learning community titled The Civic Self: Creating Identity through Community during the fall semester of their first year at St. John Fisher University
  • Complete the Community Engagement Workshop series during the first year of enrollment that offers comprehensive skills and learning to prepare for structured volunteerism.
  • Complete a 1/2-credit community engaged learning seminar in the spring semester of their first year (SERV 130C)
  • Pass one Community-Engaged Learning course (3-4 credits) taken at any time as a sophomore, junior or senior. Courses that fulfill this requirement can be found during registration each semester by searching for the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) attribute in the course listing. Student must fulfill the CEL component of said course.
  • Complete a 1/2 credit community engaged learning retreat in the fall semester of their senior year (SERV 334)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements.