Service Scholars Program

"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you ever can." ~ John Wesley

About the Service Scholarship Program

The Service Scholars Program is an exciting learning opportunity that allows students to continue their involvement in community service throughout college.

Each year, up to 24 Service Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who exhibit a commitment to community service through activities in their schools, places of worship, non-profit agencies, and in their communities. Recipients receive yearly awards of one-half the total cost of tuition and room and board.

Program Requirements

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

  • Participate in a two-course learning community entitled "Leadership Through Self-Development" during the fall semester of their first year at St. John Fisher College.
  • Attend a service learning seminar course during spring semester freshmen year and during spring semester senior year (a retreat).
  • Complete one service learning course during their program tenure.
  • Make a commitment to community service hours as follows: 130 hours the first year and 200 hours each remaining year
    Note: Service hours are coordinated through the Community Service Office. Students can also arrange to have a portion of the community service hours they perform during semester breaks count toward their total semester requirement.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements

Upon completion, students are awarded a Certificate in Service Leadership.

Service Scholars Program of Study

Leadership Through Self-Development

The most basic responsibility of leadership is self-development. In this class, different ways of obtaining self-knowledge (such as structured reflection, self-directed writing, and role playing) are used to promote discovery of values, strength of commitments, individual learning style, and feelings about change. Readings introduce learners to scholars whose ideas have shaped modern approaches to leadership, including those who write about stewardship, servant leadership, ways women lead, and visionary leadership. Participants practice the behavioral skills upon which leaders rely to build credibility, inspire trust, and exert non-coercive influence.

Freshman Service Learning Seminar

The seminar's purpose is to provide freshmen scholars with a forum to reflect thoughtfully on the mission of the program and on their experiences as service scholars. The seminar meets one time a month, and a class community service project is required.

Senior Service Learning Seminar

This seminar expands upon the techniques used in the freshman/sophomore Service Learning Seminar to enhance service learning. Particular emphasis is given to examining functional attitudes and required competencies for individuals who want to pursue careers in community service. Students are expected to provide service over a prescribed number of hours in conjunction with seminar attendance.

Service Project Independent Study

Seniors participated in a full day retreat reflecting on their four-year service experiences and leadership development in the program.

Service Scholars Program

Application Procedures

Submit a completed Service Scholarship Application and apply for admission to the College by January 15, 2015 (extended deadline).

(Note: Please refer to the Application Instructions [pdf] document for important information before beginning the application process.)

Scholarship Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Have performed a minimum of 50 hours of community service per year to 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 total SAT Math and Critical Reading score of 1,000 or higher.

Students choosing to apply for HEOP are not eligible for the Service Scholarship.

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