First Generation Scholars Program

About the Program

Since its founding in 1948, St. John Fisher College has enrolled a high percentage of first generation college students. In honor of its 50th anniversary in 1998, the College renewed its commitment to today's first generation students by creating the Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program. Since approximately 70% of our alumni stay in the Rochester area, such a program serves to reinforce the College's commitment to the Greater Rochester Community as well.

The Fannie and Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial and academic assistance to up to 24 qualified high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential and are the first in their immediate families to attend a post-secondary institution*.

What is the First Generation Program About?

The program is designed to promote education and motivate elementary, middle and high school students to aspire to attend college.

Main Components

The scholars tutor, mentor, and coordinate leadership activities that impact youth. Scholars also organize group service events that benefit the Rochester community.

*Applicant's parent(s) or guardian may not have graduated from a two-year or four-year college or university. Siblings' attendance or graduation from a college program is permitted.

Constantino Family

Vision, Mission & Goals


Higher education is attainable for everyone.


Encourage, challenge, and promote higher education in the Rochester community by being role models, mentors, educators, and striving to develop leadership in self and others.


  • To develop activities for students outside of classes
  • To reach out to students on a one-to-one basis in elementary, middle and high schools
  • To encourage the benefits of Higher Education
  • To promote relationships that create a foundation for the student's future

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